Because who doesn’t love a bit of veggie haggis?!
Burns Night is a Scottish tradition on the 25th January celebrating the life and works of the country’s favourite poet – Robert Burns. Scots celebrate the occasion with a plate brimming with haggis, neeps and tatties. It’s a firm favourite with local Scots and visitors who want to try a real slice of the Scottish culture.
While the traditional haggis recipe is *ahem* definitely not vegan, there are plenty of veggie alternatives that are even tastier than the original, so there’s no reason why vegans should miss out on the celebrations.
What’s more, there are lots of vegan Burns supper themed events and menu specials in Edinburgh this January – so read on and get stuck in!
Vegan Burns Supper at Thrive
Thursday 24th January
Thrive Café:Bar, 171 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
Thrive are hosting their first-ever Burns Supper on the 24th January, and it is all completely vegan. They will be serving up plant-based twists on some of Scotland’s classic dishes, such as scallops, cullen skink, haggis wellington and cranachan. Limited spots are available, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Burns Poutine at Seeds for the Soul
Until Saturday 26 January
Seeds for the Soul, 167 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
Seeds for the Soul are doing a mouth-watering special for Burns week – Haggis Poutine! This comforting dish is filled with hand-cut chips covered in onion gravy and haggis. Deeeee-vine. They are only doing this special until Saturday, so you’ve got to be quick to catch this beauty!
Herbivore Supper Club
Saturday 2nd February
The Herbivore Kitchen, 65 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JQ
The next Herbivore Supper Club is on the 2nd February, and the folks at the Herbivore Kitchen have hinted that the menu will have a Scottish theme – perfect for a late Burns Supper with a difference. Tickets cost £35 and include a welcome drink on arrival, canapés and a three-course meal followed by petit fours. The Herbivore crew have previous form when it comes to their Scottish inspired dishes (see the beautiful haggis stuffed pumpkin in the picture above), so this supper club is certainly shaping up to be a good-un!
Burns Specials at Beetroot Sauvage
Friday 25th January
Beetroot Sauvage, 33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX
Beetroot Sauvage will be celebrating Burns with a very special menu on the 25th, including dishes such as Cranachan porridge, haggis, neeps and tatties, and haggis and cheese toastie (pictured). No need to book, just pop along on the day to enjoy these delicious Scottish specials!
Vegan Haggis Sausages at BBL
BBL, 65 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RU
BBL have already mastered the art of the vegan sausage, but Allan loves to keep experimenting so for January they are introducing a new vegan haggis sausage. If you fancy a Burns treat with a difference, pop into BBL or order some via their Twitter DMs.
Vegan Burns Night at Hendersons
Friday 25 January, 7pm
Hendersons of Edinburgh, 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR
This year Hendersons is celebrating the Great Bard himself with a vegan Burns Supper. Expect a reception with canapés and fizz, followed by a three-course dinner including vegan cullen skink, their award-winning vegan haggis and vegan Scottish cranachan for pudding – all accompanied by live music and a traditional address to the (vegan) haggis.
This event is now sold out, but keep an eye on the event page for any last-minute cancellations.
Do you know of any other vegan Burns-themed events this month? Share them in the comments below!