HAGGIS brand Macsween has launched plans to bring what it hopes will be the world’s largest virtual Burns Supper of 2021 to homes across the globe.

Macsween of Edinburgh will air the event on its Facebook page at 7pm on January 25. It will feature comedy actor Karen Dunbar, whose Tam o’ Shanter is renowned throughout the world, and “the First Lady of Scotch whisky” Dr Rachel Barrie, who is master blender for Benriach distillery.

Managing director James Macsween (pictured) said: “Burns Night is a special time of year that combines haggis, whisky and poetry with lots of fun and laughter. We didn’t want anyone to miss out because of the times we live in.

“That’s why we are inviting people from across the world to join Macsween with Karen Dunbar, who is a stand-out favourite at Burns Suppers, and the trailblazing master blender Dr Rachel Barrie, to unite people from across the globe to celebrate Robert Burns’ life and work.

“We hope people will join us in what we hope will be the world’s largest virtual Burns Supper. The first 100 people to direct message us on our Facebook page will be sent Macsween Burns Supper kits featuring our new 400g veggie haggis, which is suitable for vegans, our classic haggis, and some Benriach whisky – perfect for two to share and toast the Bard.”

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Macsween will open the competition on its Facebook page on Monday, January 11.

The company is a third-generation family business which handmakes multi-award-winning products including classic haggis, vegetarian haggis which is vegan friendly and black pudding.

For more information about the company and about how to join its virtual Burns Supper, visit www.facebook.com/macsweenhaggis.

Macsween was established as a butcher’s shop in Edinburgh in the 1950s. The company has passed down through a family of entrepreneurs.

Following in its grandfather and father’s footsteps, the team at Macsween Haggis says it is passionate about making the best tasting foods, prioritising environmental sustainability and recognising the importance of people and place within the community.