Annual Robbie Burns dinner hosted at Eagles Hall

Highland dancing and a traditional feast are among the offerings at Abbotsford event.

Transplanted Scots and “those who wish they were” are invited to the 10th annual Paul Abbott Memorial Burns Supper on Saturday at the Eagles Hall – 33868 Essendene Ave.

Growing in popularity since its inception in 2003, the event memorializes Paul Abbott, local entertainer and co-founder of the Celtic band 1066, who died prematurely in 2002.

There will be a traditional meal which includes haggis and “neeps and tatties” (mashed turnips and potatoes), served alongside roast beef with all the trimmings for the less adventurous.

The evening will feature ancient traditions honouring the memory of the great Scottish bard Robert Burns, from “the piping in o’ the haggis” to “addressing the haggis” and “the Immortal Memory.”

Entertainment will include Highland dancing from the award-winning Inverglen Scottish Dancers, as well as rollicking music by local favourites 1066 and Piper Down.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with Dinner and festivities at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, available at the Eagles Club bar or by phone at 604-859-5405. Net proceeds from the event will go to support the Abbotsford Firefighters Burn Fund.