It’s one of the world’s most famous and distinctive meat dishes but now, just in time for Burns Night on Friday 25 January, demand for the vegetarian/vegan version of haggis is rocketing.
It’s so popular in Scotland, we’re trialling the veggie version at stores across England and Wales too. The two top-selling vegetarian haggis, made by Simon Howie and Macsween, have both recently been approved by The Vegan Society.
It means that more people than ever are celebrating the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796) on Burns Night by toasting the haggis with a ceremonial reading of his work. Our Scottish food buyer James Lamont says:
“Even though vegetarian haggis has been around for a few years we’ve never seen anything like the current demand – and it’s not just during Burns’ week, it’s all year round! Veggie haggis is a delicious meal in its own right, not too dissimilar to a nut roast, and we think vegetarians and vegans are buying them as centrepieces for roast dinners.”
If you’re local to our Scottish stores you can also pick up our Burns Night meal deal until Tuesday 29 January. It includes a haggis (original or vegetarian), a sachet of whisky sauce, a side of neeps and tatties plus a bottle of either regular or diet Irn-Bru for £5.
Share your Burns Night stories
We’d love to how you’re celebrating Burns Night, particularly if it involves a vegan haggis! Talented artist and store colleague Ann Buchanan at our Oban Superstore created the painting below for their promotional ‘Burns End’. “We have had loads of fantastic comments about our painting,” says Trade Manager Karen Kelso.
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