I just love everything about this fortnight, it brings local & new food and drink producers together and lets us foodie’s experience exciting new culinary ideas! Visit the official website for more details Food & Drink Scotland
I am off this Saturday to visit Loch Lomond where they are hosting a whole range of food, drink and experiences, so watch this space for some new and exciting produce ideas.
HAPPY BURNS NIGHT TO ALL!
Who is Burns and what is Burns Night I hear you ask?
It’s a night that features Whisky, Haggis and Poetry in honour of ‘Rabbie’ Burns our famous Poet from Ayrshire, Scotland.
Of all the poets who have written in the Scottish language, Burns is most well-known, although much of his writing is also in standard English and a light Scots dialect.
Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire and various other names and epithets is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement.
After his death he became a great source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism, and a cultural icon in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora around the world.
Celebration of his life and work became almost a national charismatic cult during the 19th and 20th centuries, and his influence has long been strong on Scottish literature. In 2009 he was chosen as the greatest Scot by the Scottish public in a vote run by Scottish television.
To help celebrate here is my 4 course Burns Meal:-
His Famous Haggis poem:-
Address To A Haggis – 1786
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race!
Aboon them a’ yet tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o’a grace
As lang’s my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin was help to mend a mill
In time o’need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad make her spew
Wi’ perfect sconner,
Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view
On sic a dinner?
Poor devil! see him owre his trash,
As feckles as wither’d rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash;
His nieve a nit;
Thro’ blody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!
But mark the Rustic, haggis-fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He’ll mak it whissle;
An’ legs an’ arms, an’ hands will sned,
Like taps o’ trissle.
Ye Pow’rs, wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o’ fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer
Gie her a haggis
Scotland’s 2015 Year of Food and Drink appears to have contributed to a 7 per cent spike in visitor numbers.
Two thirds (66 per cent) of overseas and domestic visitors credited the quality of food as an important factor for their choice of destination in Scotland, according to figures published by the Office of National Statistics and VisitScotland.
Last year alone, more than 1,000 tourism businesses received the Taste Our Best accreditation, recognising quality food of Scottish provenance.
Visitor numbers in the colder months rose from 4.7 million trips between October 2008 and March 2009 to 5.7 million in the same period in 2014-15, with the industry adapting accordingly.
Analysis from the Scottish Government in 2015 found the food and drink sector enjoyed a £550 million rise in turnover year on year and a staggering 24 per cent increase since 2008.
This means the sector is on track to meet the a turnover target of £16.5 billion by 2017.
Tourism minister Fergus Ewing said: “The Scottish tourism industry has finished 2015 on a high. Bolstered by a hugely successful Year of Food and Drink, businesses have continued to build on past successes, increasing the number of visitors from Europe, America and from crucial domestic markets.
Happy New Year to everyone and here’s for another great Food & Drink year in 2016!