The Haggis Basher's Ball & Burns Supper

**The TARBAS committee is committed to creating and providing an environment where our event patrons feel comfortable, but also free to enjoy the festivities. We encourage guests to follow safety protocols. Those feeling symptomatic or who have been exposed must stay home. **

Evening Itinerary

A few welcoming words begin the evening and the meal 
commences with the Address to the Haggis.

After the cocktail hour, guests are welcomed at the beginning of the evening by the Master of Ceremony after the head table’s speakers are lead into the ballroom by a piper.

Shortly thereafter, the company are asked to stand to receive the haggis.  
A piper  then leads the chef, carrying the haggis to the top table, while 
the guests accompany them with a slow handclap.  The  chairman or
invited guest then recites Burns' famous poem To  a Haggis  with great enthusiasm.   When he reaches the line "an  cut you up wi' ready slight",
he cuts open the haggis.

It is customary for the company to applaud the speaker, then 
stand and toast the haggis with a glass of whisky.

The company will then dine immediately after the Selkirk Grace.

A typical Bill o' Fare would  include:

Cock-A-Leekie Soup - FDA Approved Haggis warm reeking - 
Rich Wi' Champit Tatties - Bashed Neeps - Typsy Laird (sherry 
trifle) - A Tassie 'o Coffee

Also part of the evening is the Heads and Tails.  Arctic 
Controls, Inc., sponsors this event in which a hand-made kilt 
from Scotland is given to the last standing "Heads and Tails" 

The Immortal Memory is one of the central features of the 
evening.  An invited guest is asked to give a short speech on 
Burns.  There are many different types of Immortal Memory 
speeches, from light-hearted to literary, but the aim is the same 
- to outline the greatness and relevance of the poet today.

Toast To The Lasses:  The main speech is followed by a more 
light-hearted address to the women in the audience.  Originally 
this was a thank you to the ladies for preparing the food and a 
time to toast the "lasses" in Burns' life.  the tone should be 
witty, but never  offensive, and should always end on a 
conciliatory note.

Response:  The turn of the lasses to detail men's foibles.  Again, 
should be humorous but not insulting.

Songs and Dancing:  Once the speeches are complete, the 
evening continues with songs and dancing to traditional 
Scottish music.  

The evening will culminate with the company standing, linking 
hands, and singing Auld Lang Syne to conclude the program.



January 27, 2024

Haggis Basher's Ball and Burns Supper

January 27, 2024 will be the 23rd anniversary of the Anchorage Robert Burns Supper in honor of Scotland's greatest poet, Robert Burns.  

This gala event, which has become one of the most popular evenings of the Anchorage social calendar, will include a fabulous four-course meal, Highland Pipers, entertaining speeches, and dancing!

VENUE:   Marriott Anchorage Downtown
DATE:      January 27, 2024

Drinks will be served beginning at 6:00pm.
Festivities will begin at 6:55pm SHARP.


  • Address to the Haggis: TBD

  • The Immortal Memory: Lesley Hammer

  • Toast to the Lassies: John Lewis

  • Reply from the Lassies: Treece Hanley

  • Selkirk Grace: TBD

  • Master of Ceremonies: Samantha Shepard
ATTIRE:   Kilt, Black Tie, or Business Suit

 For check-in purposes only, a list of names for each person to be seated at your table is required.

We encourage guests to follow all safety protocols. Those feeling symptomatic or who have been exposed must stay home.