What is Burns Night?
Burns Night is a Scottish celebration that takes place annually on 25th January, honouring the life of Robert Burns. Robert Burns was a poet and lyricist born on January 25th 1759 in Alloway, Scotland, he is most renowned for the New Year's classic, ‘Auld Lang Syne'. Having written over 500 poems, Burns is now honoured with the title as ‘Scotland's National Poet'.
Why is Haggis so popular?
Burns Night follows a tradition of ‘Burns supper' with the main dish of haggis. This traditional dish is eaten on Burns Night as it is referenced in one of Burns' poems, ‘Address to a Haggis' and it is often recited over supper. Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices. However, this dish is not just for meat eaters, there are a variety of veggie haggis recipes that you can try out which replaces the meat with veggie options:
- Vegan haggis - BBC
- Tasty vegetarian haggis recipe - Scottish Scran
- Easy vegan haggis - Tinned tomatoes
- Ultimate Vegan Haggis - The Pesky Vegan
Choosing a plant-based alternative just once a week can have a big impact on your physical health, like reducing your risk of heart disease. This can also have a huge impact on the environment – one plant-based meal a week can save nearly 50kgs of CO2 per year, this is the equivalent to driving 130 miles in a petrol or diesel car! For more information on what veganism involves – check out our National Vegan Month blog post.