This weekend we were fortunate to be invited to the home of our friends Kevin and Mary to celebrate Burns Night in high style. Not only is Kevin an accomplished piper, but he and his lovely wife have a deep love of British food and culture, as well as an impressive collection of single malt scotch whiskies. We celebrated the birth of Scotland’s national poet with an abbreviated form of the traditional order, followed by much poetry reading, feasting, and merry-making. It was a lovely evening. Here are some of our photographs–and a bonus video of the piping in of the haggis!
Our sacred text.
The haggis. It’s actually quite tasty.
A selection of some of the delicacies on offer: baked salmon (before going into the oven), pork pies, and bangers.
Our host surveys his Scottish spread.
The haggis, festively decorated.
Just a few of the fine selection of whiskies we gratefully and enthustically sampled (I plan to purchase a bottle of Scapa as soon as possible).
The dinner (clockwise, from top): pork pie, baked salmon, bangers, baked beans, haggis with whisky sauce, and neeps and tatties.
Eric and I (notice the haggis is in focus–priorities). Eric’s enjoying some Belhaven ale.
And, finally, the promised footage:
If you’d like to book Kevin for your next event, let me know, and I’ll get you connected.