Muskrat and Haggis…Must Be Winter in South Jersey

I dunno…maybe it’s the winter lull that makes people want to dig in to stuffed sheep stomach lining and fried rodent.

Geez, John…when you say it like that you make it sound so unappetizing.

Muskrat and haggis may not be for everyone, but they each have their fans and this is the time for their moment in the cold winter sun. January 25 is Robert Burns Day, and the Scottish tradition on celebrating their most favorite writer has spread around the world (albeit in small dribs and drabs) and has become a night to quote Burns, dig into some haggis…and get drunk.

Anyways, there are a few Haggis!locations that are recognizing Robert Burns Day. The annual Exit Zero Burns Supper is happening January 24 (a day early, yeah, but so what) at The Ugly Mug in Cape May. The fun starts at 7PM, and tickets are $30 a person. Call first to get tickets. On the 25th, two places you’d fully expect to be celebrating the day are, in fact, celebrating the day. The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield will be serving cockie leekie soup, haggis and whiskey trifle for $25 as part pf their Robert Burns Dinner from 6PM to 10PM. And then there’s A Battered Tartan Fish & Chips in Moorestown, who promise to serve anyone wearing a kilt gets fish and chips, a slice of haggis and some neeps as part of their Bobby Burns Day festivities. Take that under advisement when planning your attire for that day.

And now, onto the muskrat course.

muskrat-crossing-1024x830We joke about muskrat, but this is a South Jersey tradition that is slowly disappearing. Only a few of these dinners remain. The Lower Alloways Creek Fire Company in Hancock’s Bridge is having its Muskrat Dinner on January 25 for $30 a person. Seatings for dinner are at 4PM, 5PM and 6PM. The event does tend to sell out, so call 856.339.9241 or 609.420.1216 or 856.935.2769 to get your tickets. And then, on February 22, there’s the Muskrat Dinner at the Salem FOE in, well, Salem. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, but don’t wait to buy them at the door. There are only 100 tickets available, and they go quickly.

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