November marks the time of year when Scots and St Andrew’s Day societies all over the world gather together to celebrate everything St Andrew’s life represented, then and now — kindness, wisdom and compassion— just a few of the values Scotland holds dear to this day.
At the heart of St Andrew’s Day activities, a national day in Scotland, you are sure to find rich cultural feasts, where some of Scotland’s most classic fare is being prepared and shared. From Cullen skink, a satisfyingly rich, creamy soup made with smoked haddock to our beloved haggis, traditionally served with mashed potatoes (locally referred to as ‘tatties’), turnips (known as ‘neeps’) topped off with a delicious whisky sauce.
Throughout Scotland, from tiny pubs tucked away in the Highlands to fine dining eateries in the bustling capital of Edinburgh, you’ll find chefs and cooks experimenting with recipes, reworking old favourites to bridge the gap between the past and the present. In recent times vegetarian haggis, made with organic sustainably farmed ingredients, is fast becoming a staple.
Share a bite with friends and family
St Andrew’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show off your culinary skills while showing friends and family that you care about them by preparing a delicious dinner. We’ve put together a list of some impressive Scottish dishes, both old and new, to try out this year:
Raising a glass on St Andrew’s Day
When it comes to good food and drink Scotland is synonymous with whisky, which makes the perfect pairing for so many of the comforting dishes enjoyed on St Andrew’s Day. In many parts of the world you’ll find some of Scotland’s most treasured heritage whisky varieties. Single malt, aged in oak casks for a minimum of three years with its often distinct fruity and vanilla tones. And the more popular, grain whiskies, more tender in age but no less loved by Scots and around the world.
St Andrew’s Day is a time for sharing with family and friends, neighbours and colleagues, not only good food and a ‘wee dram’ but also good stories. 2022 kicks off Scotland’s Year of Stories, tapping into Scotland’s love of storytelling. A St Andrew’s Day gathering is a great time to come together and share your stories with others. To find out more about St Andrews Day visit our St Andrew’s Day page.