We're pretty sure the eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns never set foot in Brazil, but his memory is being kept alive and well nonetheless by São Paulo's St. Andrew's Society at their annual Burns Supper. Just one of thousands of Burns Suppers celebrated across the world each year, São Paulo's event has all the essential ingredients, namely haggis (an unsightly but deliciously spiced dish of offal and oatmeal traditionally wrapped inside a sheep's stomach), the 'Immortal Memory' – a speech lauding Burns's genius – and generous quantities of whisky.
Drawing a mixed crowd of British expats and curious Brazilians, the Burns Supper will this year be held at one of the city's British strongholds – SPAC (Clube Atlético São Paulo) – a somewhat faded sports club, established by Brits in the late-nineteenth century.
The highlight of the night are the reels – traditional Scottish dances – along with music from São Paulo's own kilt-clad pipe band. If you're worried you'll be left on the sidelines as the others reel about, head along to one of the reeling practices organised by the St. Andrew's Society at the British Brazilian Centre (Rua Ferreira de Araújo, 741, Pinheiros) on the first Monday of the month.
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