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The Vermont Highland Games First Haggis Dinner
The Vermont Highland Games First Haggis Dinner

Saturday, October 26, 5:00 pm

Catamount Arts Center
115 Eastern Ave.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Tickets: $20 each. Limit of 40.

The Vermont Highland Games first Haggis dinner includes: Haggis made of a mixture of beef and lamb, oats, onions and spices. It will be accompanied by the traditional side of tatties (potatoes) and neeps (turnips), and some Irish soda bread. Guests will be greeted by a piper and treated to the poetry of Robert Burns during their meal.

Today’s Haggis dinner is traditionally served as part of the Burns supper on or near January 25. It is an event that celebrates the birthday of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. In Burns' lifetime Haggis was a common dish of the poor as it was nourishing yet very cheap, being made from leftover parts of sheep otherwise discarded. These days, Haggis is widely available in supermarkets all over the world. However, it is a dish that has its origins in the days of the old Scottish cattle drovers. When the men left the Highlands to drive their cattle to market in Edinburgh, they would prepare rations to take with them during the long journey through the glens. They used ingredients that were readily available and packaged them in a sheep’s stomach allowing for easy transportation. A joke is sometimes maintained in Scotland that a haggis is a small animal with longer legs on one side, so that it could run around the steep hills of the Highlands without falling over. According to one poll, 33 percent of American visitors to Scotland believed Haggis to be an animal.

  • Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts