Peter McBride parades in the haggis at a previous Robbie Burns Dinner.

Annual Robbie Burns dinner set for bard’s birthday

You don't have to be Scottish to enjoy haggis in Sooke

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,

The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;

Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,

The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

 

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;

My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;

A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe,

My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.

 

Those are the words of the immortal Scottish bard and poet Robbie Burns. He was known as the “ploughman poet” because of his hands on experience with farming. Although his family was impoverished and went bankrupt, Burns acquired an education with knowledge of French, Latin, Shakespeare, Milton and Dryden.

He was a rebel who supported the French Revolution, fathered a number of illegitimate children and rebelled against Calvinism and the social mores of his time. His first works were published in 1786. He died of rheumatic fever in 1796 after publishing his last major work. He is regarded as Scotland’s national poet and celebrations of his birth take place all over the world every year on January 25 or thereabouts. This year is his 256th birthday.

Local lovers of Scottish fare, the bagpipes and a wee dram of whiskey will gather together on Sunday, January 25 at the Royal Canadian Legion for the annual Robbie Burns dinner. The Sooke Pipes and Drums will lead the march into the hall where the revered haggis will be the star of the evening. Roast beef and haggis, along with the appropriate accouterments round out the dinner.

The haggis, beloved by the Scots and reviled by many others is actually the star of the evening. After the Address to the Haggis, a dagger is plunged into the savoury pudding and the evening begins. The haggis is a peasant dish, a combination of organ meat, oatmeal, suet and spices. It’s actually quite tasty and not “offal” at all.  And the best part of all — you don’t need to be Scottish to enjoy the dinner.

There will be a silent and a live auction.

Entertaining is Janet McTavish and Mary Ross.

Cocktails begin at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6. Tickets are $35 and are available at the Legion bar or from any Sooke Pipes and Drums member.

The event is the major annual fundraiser for the Sooke Pipes and Drums. The Sooke Pipes and Drums perform at many occasions in Sooke over the year.

Just Posted

High speed internet coming to remote CRD areas

Ottawa to invest $34 million to build 3.5 million metres of subsea fibre optic cable in B.C.

Affordable housing organization seeks to build in Sooke

Habitat for Humanity hopes to build cluster of townhouses at 2008 Murray Road

Council re-tenders Murray Road staircase project

Project could be delayed months

Upgrades to Millstream overpass to begin Feb. 1

Project includes addition of left hand turn lane onto highway to Victoria

Langford loses bid to host Amazon HQ2

Mayor hopes to attract more tech jobs to city

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read