A night for Robert Burns

It’ll be a night to remember, with live music, Ceilidh dancing, poetry, traditional toasts and of course the haggis, being piped in by a world renowned bag piper.

It’ll be a night to remember, with live music, Ceilidh dancing, poetry, traditional toasts and of course the haggis, being piped in by a world renowned bag piper.

“There will also be a silent auction, cash bar and much frivolity and fun,” said Joyce Beaton, organizer and member of the group entertaining, Celtic Chaos.

It’s the ninth annual Robbie Burns Supper and Ceilidh Dance, honouring Scotland’s most celebrated poet and songwriter.

Guests can enjoy some short, entertaining speeches, including a toast to the lassies (whom Burns adored) and an address to the haggis—a dish containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs and traditionally simmered in the animals stomach, but hailed as a Scottish delicacy.

Dinner will also consist of roast beef, two types of salad, neeps (mashed turnips) and tatties (mashed potato).

The meal will be catered this year and for the ninth year the students from the culinary arts program at PASS/Woodwinds Alternate school will make dessert.

Dinner will be followed by a lively performance from Celtic Chaos, a local traditional music band known for playing energetic jigs, and there will be some instruction for the dances.

“People can’t say they don’t actually know how to dance because in the moment it’s shown how to do the fairly easy Ceilidh dances,” Beaton said.

All the proceeds from the event will go to the BC Cancer Foundation and the Mid-Island Dragon Boat Team.

The event happens Sat., Jan. 22 at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall. Tickets are $40 available from the Vintage Candy Shop and Brit Foods in Parksville. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m.

Related: Nanoose Bay Burns Dinner. A24.