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What is Burns Night?

Blog • December 27th 2023

Burns Night preparations are underway at Farmison & Co, promising the finest haggis, neeps and tatties for your Burns Night menu and celebrations. If you're a newbie to Burns Night, and wondering why we celebrate it, this is our definitive guide…

Table of Contents

  • What is Burns Night?
  • When is Burns Night?
  • What should be on your Burns Night menu?
  • What is the Burns Night poem?
  • What is Haggis?
  • Eat Better Haggis with Farmison & Co

What is Burns Night?

You might be wondering what is Burns Night and why do we celebrate it?

Burns Night, also known as Burns Supper, is a tradition celebrated on 25th January each year to celebrate the life and poetry of the 18th century Robert Burns, a Scottish author and poet. An ode to Scottish heritage, the traditional night has slowly made its way to tables and kitchens across the nation and is the perfect excuse to celebrate with seasonal haggis. Burns Night, now classed as a key cultural heritage event in Scotland, was first held by friends and family of Robert Burns on the 5th anniversary of his death and has been a regular occurrence ever since.

When is Burns Night?

Burns Night is celebrated on 25th January each year, this is the date of Robert Burns birthday.

What should be on your Burns Night menu?

Typically, Burns Night can be as formal or informal as you wish, so as long as it's celebrated with Scottish haggis, and a wee dram on Scotch whiskey, not to mention the neeps and tatties. The Scots also love to finish their celebrations with a 'tipsy' trifle - whiskey infused of course!

What is the Burns Night poem?

Address to a Haggis

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,

Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!

Aboon them a' ye tak your place,

Painch, tripe, or thairm:

Weel are ye wordy o' a grace

As lang's my arm.

This translates in modern day English to…

Good luck to you and your honest, plump face,

Great chieftain of the sausage race!

Above them all you take your place,

Stomach, tripe, or intestines:

Well are you worthy of a grace

As long as my arm.


Haggis can often come with an underserving bad reputation, made from a blend of offal, otherwise known as sheep's 'pluck', we can understand why. But made by hand, our traditional haggis is truly delicious, and promises an essential savoury flavour and nutty texture, ideal for a memorable Burns Night supper. We only use offal sourced from our free-range lambs, to which minced onion, pinhead oatmeal, suet, spices and homemade stock are added and filled into a natural beef bung casing. For a true Scottish feast, pair with our whisky cream sauce, bashed neeps and plain boiled tatties for an authentic finish.

Burns Night 2023 Menu

Here at Farmison & Co we have curated a stunning Burns Night menu, with a clear nod to the traditional Scottish including: 'the burns night classic haggis box', filled with our best-selling traditional haggis, F&Co Luxury Buttered Mash, traditional poultry gravy and bashed neeps. This is just a snippet of the delicious menu, find the rest here: https://www.farmison.com/collections/burns-night.


Celebrate Burns Night this year with some traditional poetry and authentic haggis, a wonderful dish to be enjoyed by all the family, it's also the perfect excuse to try something new and seasonal. Our haggis isn't just limited to Burns Night though, it's also delicious alongside a Full English Breakfast or as a tasty twist to your shepherd's pie. Just like all our products at Farmison, our haggis is sourced locally from our small network of independent farmers. We urge you to try haggis this year and enjoy better meat and seasonal traditions with Farmison & Co.