Scran season 6: A vegan Burns Night celebration

It's still January so two things spring to mind, Veganuary and Burn's night and what a wonderful pairing for 2023.

Published 21st Jan 2023
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

On this episode of Scran we look at the delightful ways to celebrate Burns night but doing so in a vegan manner. 

Rosalind talks to chef Emma Ray, a vegan chef with lots of hints and tips for anyone hosting a Burns supper or indeed attending one.

We are very excited to share with you a Burns poem to celebrate the national bard, read by none other than Scottish actor James Cosmo.

VisitScotland kindly shared this recording with us having carried out research this year that showed the piece featured in this episode, 'To a Mouse', is in fact Scotland's favourite Burns poem.

Rosalind speaks to Peter Holroyd from Kingsbarns distillery who gives us the history of this small, family-run distillery and his recommendation for the kind of whisky he would choose for any haggis pairing.

Finally Rosalind chats to Diana Thompson from Wine Events Scotland who you may remember from previous episodes of Scran. Diana gets into some of the technical side of why some wine is vegan and some isn't.

We hope you enjoy our celebration of Burns - slainte mhath!

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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