Big Haggis is back ... and it’s even bigger!

Jock Ferguson promotes The Big Haggis Rabbie Burns event in Kirkcaldy Town Square
Jock Ferguson promotes The Big Haggis Rabbie Burns event in Kirkcaldy Town Square

A year on from the first Big Haggis Burns event in Kirkcaldy town centre, a second, bigger and spicier haggis is coming to the boil.

With more than four times the number of participants and two separate public arenas, Kirkcaldy4all’s first event of 2014 is expanding daily with no signs of its skin bursting so far.

The main event will take place in Kirkcaldy Town Square with music being the main dish on offer.

From solo singers to pipes and drums, it will feature the superb Cutting Edge Ceilidh Band.

Staged as part of Fife Farmers Market on January 25, the free event starts at 10.30 a.m. and will run until 1.30 p.m.

There will also be a series of activities and acts in the Mercat Shopping Centre with arts fun for kids to create images of Burns and characters from his favourite poem, ‘Tam O’ Shanter’, free face painting (saltires only!) and music acts will also play within the community space.

These events will run from 11.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. although it may be extended if more artistes offer their services.

Jock Ferguson of Herald Events, who is working with Kirkcaldy4All to stage the extravaganza, said: “We are still open to people wanting to take part, so if you have a Burns song you’d like to sing or rap to, a fiddle tune or three to hand or even a Scottish-themed street dance, we need to know about it now!

“The actual Big Haggis this year is an enormous spicy cake, laced with malt whisky, made by Scottish Perfections in the High Street, and once I’ve addressed it on stage, you’ll have to fight me to get a piece of it as I gave the confectioner a list of my favourite ingredients to put in the mix. Given that there are musicians there as well, I don’t think the public will see any of it!

“The nature of the Scot can be a bit thrawn and here in Fife we have masters of the craft. From readers letters to the same greetin’ face Facebookers, I see so much negativity. I am challenging them to come to The Big Haggis, celebrating the birthday of our national bard and to shut them up, perhaps, albeit, temporarily.”