Edinburgh food hall Bonnie & Wild reveals long weekend of Burns-inspired festivities

Edinburgh food hall Bonnie & Wild is putting on a special Burns Night Ceilidh and four-day Burns Supper in celebration of Scotland’s National Bard this week.

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Published: 22/01/2024

Edinburgh food hall Bonnie & Wild is putting on a special Burns Night Ceilidh and four-day Burns Supper in celebration of Scotland’s National Bard this week.

With Haggis specials coming from most of the upmarket food hall’s kitchens, it promises to be one of the country's biggest and most diverse Burns Supper.

A ceilidh on Burns Night itself will see hundreds of dancers enjoying traditional Scottish dances such as Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow and the Gay Gordons. Guests will have the choice of a range of haggis dishes, from Haggis bonbons to Haggis pizzas.

“We’re expecting to welcome a couple of hundred dancers along for our Burns ceilidh on Thursday, for what we hope will be one of our biggest and best ceilidhs yet,” said Bonnie & Wild’s General Manager Kate Russell.

“We’ll have a bagpiper, who’ll be piping in the Haggis before the traditional address midway through our ceilidh, as well as a few other surprises. And as well as the traditional, we’ve also got the not-so traditional from across our Scottish Marketplace, with the likes of El Perro Negro offering an Ode to a Haggis burger and our Sri Lankan street food kitchen Kochchi trialling a Haggis version of their popular Kotthu dish.”

Ms Russell added: “Burns is a brilliant reason to celebrate our country’s food, drink, dance and music. A perfect occasion for family and friends to come together to celebrate our Scottish culture, which Robert Burns and Burns Night itself it so many ways epitomises.”

Traditional Haggis, Neeps and Tatties comes from National Chef Gary Maclean’s Creel Caught, while family favourite Stack & Still has both sweet and savoury pancake options for diners over the weekend, with a Haggis stack available along with a Cranachan stack for dessert lovers. Edinburgh’s east PIZZA will be offering a special Haggis topping for their sourdough pizzas.

Acclaimed gelateria Joelato have made a Whisky and Marmalade gelato and a Hot Toddy Sorbet after partnering with local distillery Daffy’s. With a nod to traditional Scottish fare, Scottish deli Soup & Caboodle will have a pot of traditional seafood soup Cullen Skink on the go, alongside Haggis pies and takeaway Haggis for those people wanting a Burns Supper at home. 

Not to be left out, Bonnie & Wild’s Rarity bottle shop is recommending Arran Distillery’s Robert Burns single malt or a bonnie bottle of Loch Lomond 18yo, with Bonnie & Wild’s offering Isle of Raasay whisky as their house pour.

Ms Russell added: “Bonnie & Wild is all about showing the breadth and depth of Scottish food and drink in a beautiful setting, and with the best example of Scottish hospitality. We’re very excited to be offering this range of Burns-inspired dishes and showing off the many ways Scotland’s national dish can be cooked and enjoyed, while also encouraging everyone to take the floor on Thursday for our free White Heather Club ceilidh!”

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