Prepare for a different type of post than the normal FreshRev offering. In honour of our favourite holiday, we dedicate this post to all things Weeny: All Hallows’ Eve has its origins right here in Scotland, in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain. While traditional activities such as trick-or-treating, bonfires, costume parties, haunted houses and jack-o-lanterns were popularised in the United States, it was Irish and Scottish immigrants who carried versions of these traditions to North America in the nineteenth century. The festival of Samhain is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture when the Gaels would take stock of supplies and prepare for winter (it was also believed that the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops).
It is this harvest aspect of the holiday that we celebrate on Saturday at StrEAT Glasgow’s Spook Feast. The event itself will feature prizes for best costume and Halloween-themed kids (and big kids) activities. No doubt, FreshRev will be fully immersed in the theme, with jack-o-lanterns on display and costumes donned in the truck.
Our menu highlights the best of this season’s harvest:
Messy Buffalo Burger – buffalo mince piled on a bun with seasonal slaw, the last of summer’s leaves and cheese.
Irish Pakora – deep fried potato, bacon and cabbage.
Pulled Veggie Roll – slow roasted carrot, beetroot, and blue cheese.
Autumnal Veg Soup – the best of the harvest vegetables such as butternut squash, mushrooms and whatever else we can get our hands on.
Pumpkin Pie – an old American favourite, traditionally served after Thanksgiving dinner. The hard skinned squash lends itself to long storage times, but is just as delicious freshly picked.
Here are a few other fun bits of trivia regarding the history of Halloween:
- It is thought that bonfires attracted insects which attracted bats, thus the association of bats with the holiday.
- Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic evil spirits or appease them.
- The practice of dressing in costumes and begging door-to-door for treats resembles the late medieval practice of “souling” or even wassailing, when poor folk would receive food in return for songs or prayers for the dead.