Your Burns Night needn’t be boring with these kits and events.
We may be stuck indoors due to another lockdown but that’s not to going to stop us from celebrating one of Scotland’s best poets, Robert Burns, from our homes. Whether you fancy a break from making a Burns Supper this year, want a wee dram to commemorate the bard or both, then check out our guide to some of the best food and drink activities happening online this year to celebrate.
1. Glasgow Distillery virtual tasting
Glasgow Distillery has partnered up with Once Upon a Whisky to host a virtual night of tastings and a chat to celebrate Burns Night. They are hosting three nights of online tastings on January 21, 25 and 28, where you will be guided through five Glasgow Distillery Single Malt Scotch whiskies, hear stories and facts regarding the life of Robert Burns and toast to the Scots poet. Tickets are priced at £35 and include: five whiskies, including a special mystery dram, plus you’ll discover all the secrets behind the first whisky distillery in Glasgow. You can get your tickets here.
2. Mac & Wild Burn’s Night meal kits
Fancy something a little bit different to your traditional haggis, neeps and tatties? Well, the Scottish restaurant and online butcher, Mac & Wild, have created two Burns Night-themed meal kits for you to enjoy at home. Mac & Wild have created a haggis, neeps and tatties burger featuring a venison and haggis patty mix, neep relish, a gold ol’ tattie scone, broon sauce gravy, caramelised onions, watercress and brown butter mayo, with burger buns, of course. If you fancy a real twist on the classic, there’s Mac & Wild’s haggis taco kits which serve four people and include soft corn tortillas topped with renowned Macsween haggis, pickled swedes brunoises, crispy tattie bits, sriracha, whisky sour cream and chives. However, if you are more of a traditionalist, you can also order a wild venison and lamb haggis from the online butcher to cook at home. And if you’re not sure where to even begin, they have a free Burns Night guide and a haggis recipe e-book.
3. Five March dine at home kit and Glenfiddich whisky tasting
Delivering to 13 Glasgow postcode areas, Five March has produced a quintessential Scottish menu for a Burns Night celebration. The dine at home menu features house-cured salmon, buckwheat blinis, herb crème fraîche, salmon caviar and pickled fennel, followed by venison, haggis croquette, cauliflower puree, swede kimchi. For veggies, Five March has created roast baby carrots, labne, honey, togarashi and hazelnut oatcakes to start, and lentil haggis, potato, beetroot fondant and shallot tart tatin for main course. All dishes are then followed by a delicious dessert of classic treacle tart with raspberry mascarpone cream.
Each kit serves two people and is available from the Five March website, plus it includes detailed instructions on how to assemble each course yourself. The dine at home menu will also come with a tasting kit of Glenfiddich’s celebrated 12, 15 and 18 Year Old bottles, as well as a virtual whisky tasting with Glenfiddich’s Brand Ambassadors, taking place on January 25, who will explore each whisky and share their expertise. For every kit purchased, Glenfiddich will donate £10 to The BEN in Scotland to support the hospitality industry in these incredibly difficult times.
4. The Marlborough
To celebrate Burns Night, newly-opened Glasgow restaurant, The Marlborough, has launched a four course Burns Supper menu for you to enjoy at home. Available between January 22 and 25, the Broomhill restaurant will be serving haggis bon bons with wholegrain mustard mayo, Cullen Skink, as well as either traditional haggis, neeps and tatties or a Chicken Balmoral, rosemary parmentier potatoes, sautéed greens and whisky peppercorn sauce. Vegetarians can enjoy roast butternut squash, chilli and crème fraîche soup, as well as vegetarian haggis with neeps and tatties. Both menus will be followed by raspberry cranachan with homemade shortbread and you can also enjoy their draught beer and cocktails at home too. The Marlborough’s Burns Night Supper costs £49 and serves two people. You can call them on 0141 338 6606 to pre-order your supper to celebrate now.
5. Ralph & Finns x Cocktail Collective whisky flight
The Glasgow brasserie Ralph and Finns has joined forces with the Cocktail Collective to offer some Scottish whisky highball flight to sip on from home this Burns Night. For £25, you can enjoy three whisky highball cocktails that celebrate the Scottish poet. These include the Speyside Ruby, which is a refreshing, red drink which features a grapefruit Pampelle, lemon alongside Macallan 12 Triple Cask whisky. There is also a Nordic ice tea cocktail featuring Highland park whisky, cucumber juice, chamomile tea, Campari, orange oil and a pinch of salt, plus the fun yet risky-sounding, Commotion Lotion, with Bowmore 12 whisky, Buckfast tonic wine and pressed apple juice. The cocktail creators also recommend you top your drink up with tonic water- Burns Night is unfortunately on a Monday after all. You can order these cocktails to your door via the Bevy Store website.