Celebrate Burns Night With McIntosh!

January is definitely known for being a little ‘blue’ but it doesn’t have to be as we set the tables and pour the whisky for one of Scotland’s biggest and best celebrations – Burns Night!

Here at McIntosh we have worked hard to develop a few options to help you celebrate Burns Night and not fret over meal prep too much.

If you haven’t already, get 25th January in your diary, start that group chat with friends and get organised to celebrate Burns Night!

Thanks to our Burns Suppers, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more with friends & family. All our suppers have everything you need, the Haggis (including a vegetarian option), the Neeps & the Tatties with some poetry on pack for reciting.

Use these quick Burns facts to impress your dinner guests or pop them into a tricky quiz for some dinner party fun

  1. Robert Burns was an Excise Officer in Dumfries.
  2. A Burns Supper evening is meant to kick off with a prayer of thanks, written by Burns himself – The Selkirk Grace by Burns. “Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it; But we hae meat, and we can eat Sae let the Lord be thankit.”
  3. US fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger is a direct descendant of Robert Burns. Records show the grandmother of Hilfiger’s elderly aunt Rose Kirbis was the granddaughter of Burns’ brother Gilbert, making the multimillionaire the great, great, great nephew of Rabbie.
  4. Haggis hurling was invented as a publicity stunt but has now developed into a genuinely competitive activity.
  5. Although haggis is often thought to have originated in Scotland, the ancient Romans are known to have eaten something very similar.
  6. The first written account of haggis dates back to 1430 in England when the words ‘haggese’ and ‘hawgs’ were used.
  7. Despite its shape and girth, haggis is a sausage. Like many other types of sausage, an outer casing of intestine holds it together.
  8. Arguably, haggis could qualify as a superfood as it consists of mostly protein, fat,  and cholesterol-reducing oatmeal. It is calorie-rich and contains low carbohydrate content, but has plenty of vitamin A, vitamin B12, and copper among other vitamins and minerals.
  9. At the turn of the century 33% of tourists from the US, when polled, thought a haggis was an animal living in the Scottish Highlands.
  10. Paul Haggis was the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back to back: Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Crash (2005).

You’ll find our three Limited Edition Burns Supper packs in retailers across Scotland this Burns season.

Be sure to let us know about your Burns celebrations with McIntosh over on Facebook, Twitter & Instragram. Simply use #BurnswithMcIntosh!