When I first heard of the "Burns Supper and Scottish Night" event, I began to wonder if people were speaking in code. Little did I know, one person was rehearsing the welcoming of the guests and the infamous 'Haggis'. The later seemed to garner a lot of attention. Haggis, had we met before? Was this Haggis new to the sales department? Oh, I remember Haggis well, yes, yes Haggis and the Burns Supper an event celebrated worldwide. This years event will be January 26th in downtown Abilene.

The Burns Supper and Scottish Night is in a very nice location this year. The event for 2013 takes place at the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCL), 102 Cedar Street. I bring this up because of 'Haggis,' the main attraction of this annual event. No matter how highly regarded this Haggis is, I've seen it and smelled it and I've even tasted Haggis. Yep! I Tried it a couple of times (I love liver and onions though), I don't recall going back for seconds on haggis. It smells like a cross between my mom cooking liver and onions and my dad making menudo (a favorite Mexican soup of my dads).

Now that you know what Haggis is and smells like, on to the taste. To me it tastes like over cooked calf livers but a lot more mushy. I was a kid in Europe when I tried it and like falling off a bicycle I remember the awful experience, one I won't try to repeat. Many in West Texas say "the Haggis is great here," I'll take your word for it.

Nonetheless, the entire evening is way more fun than the star of this sorted event. There is music, dance, poetry and lots of the drink. Maybe that's why the haggis never took with me, I was way to young to drink and I'm not starting now. Burns Supper is a night to celebrate the life and works of the national Bard. Suppers range from an informal gathering with friends to big formal dinners that are full of pomp and circumstance. If you plan to attend the Burns Supper and Scottish Night in Abilene, you'll have to buy a ticket and bring a covered dish, because this is a pot luck supper.



Burns Supper and Scottish Night


The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar Street Abilene.

Date and Time

Saturday, January 26th, 2013. Doors open at 6:15 PM and dinner begins at 7 PM.


Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

Ticket Locations

The British Shoppe at 4102 Buffalo Gap Road in the Crossroads Shopping Center, and Encore Music, 4201 N. First St.

More Info

After the meal, connoisseurs will compare notes on the wonderful selection of malts served by the generous chair. There will be Abilene Pipers bagpipes playing, swords, kilts, dulcimers and dancers. The Abilene Burns Supper began over a decade ago and has grown in popularity every year, this promises to be an awesome event. If you have any further questions, please contact Robert Partin at 325-260-6085.

 This video is a pictorial of a Burns Supper event



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