The first suppers were held in Ayrshire at the end of the 18th century by Robert Burns’ friends on the anniversary of his death, 21 July, and they have been a regular occurrence ever since. The first Burns club was founded in Greenock in 1801 by merchants born in Ayrshire, some of whom had known Burns. They held the first Burns supper on what they thought was his birthday on 29 January 1802, but in 1803 discovered that the correct date was in fact 25 January 1759, and since then suppers have been held on 25 January, Burns’ birthday.
Burns in Budapest
The Burns Suppers organised by the Robert Burns International Foundation have been held in the ballroom of the Corinthia Hotel, Budapest since 2004.
They include all of the normal elements of a Burns Supper, including pipers who travel from Scotland specifically for the event.
The supper is a celebration of the work of the Foundation over the previous year. There are no administration costs of organising the Supper as these are covered by sponsors. A significant part of the money raised on the night comes from the raffle and auction.
A typical Burns Supper menu
Fresh Haggis (flown in from Inverness, Scotland) with Champit Neeps and Tatties
Cheese with Oatcakes
Coffee and Tea with shortbread
As you will appreciate, organising a Burns Supper for 350 people is a massive task, but our job is made a lot easier by the fantastic support we regularly receive from our sponsors. You can find out who our sponsors are by reading the articles below on the individual Burns Suppers each year.
Everyone attending the Burns Supper receives a colour brochure filled with lots of information about the Foundation and its work.
Many thanks to all those who contribute to making the Budapest Burns Suppers such fantastic events.