Cordia's Burns Suppers took place in schools all over Glasgow
Schools across Scotland put on the Burns Day school lunch last week. However, schools from 11 Scottish councils all decided to hold the Burns Supper on Tuesday 27th January and made it the biggest Burns Supper in Scotland. Together the schools served the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties to over 100,000 pupils.
The Burns Day is the first event in a 12 month promotion that will highlight Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. The Government-led initiative has been created by Event Scotland and Visit Scotland, and will spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to our people and our visitors.
The school meals service has been tasked with creating a series of events to highlight the quality of Scottish products that are being used in the school meals sector.
Alistair McIntyre, Depute National Chair of ASSIST FM, the association for Scottish Local Authority caterers stated, ‘We see this as a fantastic opportunity to talk about local provenance within our sector and to ‘start’ a campaign that will be relevant for many years.’
Themes for the 12 months will vary in some schools but overall the schools will be following the themes of the Year of Food and Drink itself. These will be;
January - Traditional Foods
February - The Love of Food
March - Delicious Meats
April - Award Winning Food
May - Water of Life (Highlighting the benefits of hydration and water)
June - Scottish Berries & Fruits
July - Focus on External Catering - Cafes, Leisure centres, etc
August - Delicious Dairy - Yoghurts, milk and cheeses
September - Scottish School Cook of Year and Best of Scottish Food
October - Sustainable Shores
November - Hearty & Heartwarming (Super healthy soups, broths and stews)
December - Local Foods for Christmas
Schools from Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Stirling and West Dunbartonshire took part in the Burns Supper day on The 27th.