Robbie Burns Day: Local Victoria Events

This annual mid-winter dinner to celebrate a dead Scottish poet and his ode to a classic sausage in a sheep’s stomach is actually rather of the moment. Here are local events celebrating the bard Robbie Burns.


Saturday, January 21

14th Annual Robbie Burns Dinner

Sponsored by Greater Victoria Police Pipe Band

5:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Mary Winspear Community Cultural Centre

2243 Beacon Ave. W, Sidney. Tickets $55. Cash bar.

For info and tickets, go

Sunday, January 22

Burns Memorial

2 p.m.

Organised by Saltire Society of Victoria

Brief ceremony with piping and readings at the Burns Statue in Beacon Hill Park (located across from the Petting Zoo).

Wednesday, January 25th

Burns Day at Craigdarroch


Celebrate Robert burns and his legacy of pride in Scottish identity and culture. All are welcome, and these activities will be included with the normal cost of admission to Craigdarroch, with no reservations required. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear their kilts, sporrans and belted plaids, and the ladies their earasaids, tartan skirts and ghillies to show their pride. The castle’s halls will ring with the modern, upbeat Celtic music of Cookeilidh. At 12pm, the haggis will be piped in and the traditional “address to a haggis” will be delivered, followed by an opportunity for everyone to have a wee taste of the “great chieftain of the sausage race”.

Wednesday, January 25

Celebrating the Bard at Victoria Caledonian Distillery

Victoria Caledonian will host the first annual Burns Dinner featuring a five course dinner paired with five of the distillery’s exclusive guest whiskies.

 The Bill ‘o Fare includes traditional fare including Cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps and tatties, Roast Beef, Roast Yams, Seasonal Vegetables and millionaires shortbread.

Each guest will receive a bottle of Twa Dogs beer, crafted and named in honour of the Bard.

Tickets $89 including taxes.

For details and tickets visit

Wednesday, January 25

Robbie Burns Day at the Bard and Banker

A full pipe band will be playing, along with an Address to the Haggis. Haggis will also be on the menu all day.

Saturday, January 28

Burns Dinner

Sponsored by the Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association

Cocktails (no host bar) 6:00 pm

Dinner – 6:30 pm

Howard Johnson Hotel

4670 Elk Lake Drive

Dress – Highland or dressy

Tickets $40.00, Cash Bar.

For info and tickets contact Irene at or 250 652-5773