Haggis launched to the edge of space to celebrate Burns Night
This Haggis is so good, it's literally out of this world!
Burns Night is a Scottish holiday celebrated on the 25th of January, to mark the works and life of poet Robert Burns. Naturally, this is also a time of feasting and (usually) mass celebration, so it also marks an important date on the culinary calendar.
Proper haggis? Tinned haggis? Forget the haggis and try my Highland stew? But whatever you eat, you definitely need some Scotch whisky for 2
Since the usual feasts and celebration can't happen this year (for obvious reasons) the team at Simon Howie worked with Stratonauts to send a Haggis into the heavens to celebrate the occasion.
This is the first time a packet of Haggis has been launched to the edge of space, reaching a height of over 20 miles (107,293ft to be precise) above Earth, which is nearly 4x the height of Everest.
The Scottish delicacy was attached to a weather balloon for the stunt, and soared over Stirling, Falkirk, Edinburgh and the Pentland Hills, before making a safe landing in Lauder in the Scottish Borders. In total, the dish was up in the air for 2hrs 37 minutes, and took in a distance of 52 miles.
Mr Howie said that he wanted to start the year off on a high note, by "lifting the spirits of the general public" and was thrilled to work with the Stratonauts team in order to "take Scotland's national dish to new heights."
He also said that his company had worked hard to increase their Haggis production in the run-up to Christmas and Burns Night, and it is one of the most important events for their business on the culinary calendar.
With lockdown still in force, Mr Howie said he hoped that the unusual Haggis-themed stunt "gives everyone some much-needed cheer".
This history-making Haggis has now been transported back to the company HQ, where it will be preserved and cherished as "the first Haggis in space" - talk about a company milestone!
Lewis Campbell, Stratonauts director, said there were a number of challenges to face during the stunt: "Launching from Dunning was challenging due to the winds as we needed to ensure a safe retrieval of the footage and of course the 'space haggis' itself. Having monitored the weather for weeks, a window of opportunity finally presented itself - and what a window it turned out to be. Perfect conditions. After reaching over 107,000ft with views of at least 250 miles, the haggis then fell to Earth at nearly 200mph before the parachute took over - meaning it is also probably the fastest haggis in the world too."
So, next time you buy a Simon Howie Haggis, you can picture it soaring at the edge of space... how cool is that!