Reid’s Palace will celebrate 120 years in 2011 and will be kicking off a year long calendar of events in January by hosting a traditional Burns’ Night Supper on Saturday 29th, in honour of William Reid, the Scotsman who founded and built the iconic hotel in 1891.
To mark the occasion, Scottish Chef Mark Tamburrini, from Orient-Express’ Royal Scotsman train, will fly to Madeira to prepare the meal for this event – including the traditional Scottish dish of haggis. In keeping with Burns’ Night custom, the dish will be ceremoniously paraded into the Main Dining Room to the accompaniment of bagpipes played by one of H.M. the Queen’s favourite pipers - Major Malcolm MacGillivray. Malcolm will be joined by a Scottish Fiddle Band to provide further musical entertainment throughout the evening.
In addition to the delicious fare, aromatic whisky, and traditional music, the evening will also feature customary short toasts and speeches given by members of the Scottish Fiddle Band.
Scotsman William Reid first came to Madeira in 1836, where he made his fortune in Madeira’s flourishing wine trade. In 1887, Reid commissioned architects to build the unique hotel that he had always dreamt of building, and ordered that the site on which the hotel now lays, be strewn with tons of rich soil, creating a foundation for the lush sub-tropical gardens that surround Reid’s today. Sadly, William Reid died before the work completed and the hotel was opened by his sons William and Alfred in 1891.
The custom of holding a festive supper in memory of Robert Burns was started by some of the poet’s closest friends at the end of the 18th century, following the poets death. It is now an established tradition throughout the world, wherever a Scottish connection may be found, or where Burns is known and revered.
The price of the dinner will be €79 per person, including a welcome cocktail with canapés, a four course menu and selected wines and whiskies during the meal.