[Note: This post, prepared originally for the NC Folklife Institute's NCFood blog, is hosted on the institute’s website, with excerpts and a link to the website posted here.]
Where in North Carolina is Scottish food celebrated, and when can you find authentic Scottish food in our state? Travel no farther than to the multi-county Sandhills where many residents still celebrate Scottish heritage, particularly today – known to many as Burns Day in honor of the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns on this day in 1759.
As described in Transatlantic Scots, a recent
study edited by Celeste Ray, the “exodus of Scots to America” still shapes the
identity of many in our state, particularly in Scotland County, home
of the “Fightin’ Scots,” and other locales with Scottish ancestry where
foodways constitute a significant part of this identity.
|Haggis is ceremoniously presented|
for dinner as a poem by
Scottish poet Robert Burns is read.