The Burns Supper

Are you an admirer of Robert Burns? Then you probably already know about Burns Suppers. From the Burn’s Country page:

The annual celebratory tribute to the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). Celebrated on, or about, the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, Burns Suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts. Most Burns Suppers fall in the middle of this range, and adhere, more or less, to some sort of time honoured form which includes the eating of a traditional Scottish meal, the drinking of Scotch whisky, and the recitation of works by, about, and in the spirit of the Bard.

The site has an itinerary for the evening as well as some recipes. It’s up to you to supply the poetry. Sounds like a lot fun, doesn’t it? If you’re wondering where to pick up the ingredients for your own Burns Supper, look to the Pittsburgh Public Market. In honor of Burns Night, Blighty and many other merchants will be having Scottish themed products this Saturday:

* Crested Duck Charcuterie will be making Haggis and Blighty will be cooking and selling it–you’ll definitely want to get to the front of the line for that puddin o’ food
* Tupelo Honey Teas will be doing a Scottish blend
* The Pittsburgh Marshmallow Factory will be providing a Whiskey flavored marshmallow
* Rise Above Bakery and Sustenance Rustic Craft Bakery will both have fresh scones
* The other vendors will have treats as well. All this at a price that shouldn’t empty your sporren.

In addition, the Public Market will welcome David Shelow and Vince Burns to play some traditional Scottish tunes from 11:00-2:00 on Saturday. They’ll also be joined by Nick Hudson, a very excellent bagpiper!! Nick will be playing with David and Vince during their set, will solo from 2:30 to about 3:00.