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Kids can cook up some fun at Paisley Food and Drink

Budding young cooking fans will be able to get some hands-on foodie fun experiences at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

Free cooking demonstrations will take place on Saturday 28 April at Abbey Close where kids can learn how to make their own calzone or whip up the perfect cupcake with Events Diva – the one stop shop for all things creative.

Paisley Food Festival

Future Heston Blumenthals can flex their creative muscles at the Sweet Science Workshops with Be Experimental where they will have the chance to make colour changing drinks, rainbows with skittles and create their own sweets to take away. They will also find out the answers to some of those age-old questions about sweets like ‘how are gummy sweets made?’, ‘how do you get those little holes in puff candy?’ and ‘why is sherbet so fizzy?’

In addition to the great workshops on offer every child’s favourite entertainer, Mr Bloom, will be at the event sharing his unique bundle of veggie stories, gardening games and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike.

Ben Faulks, who plays the role of Mr Bloom said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended the Paisley Food and Drink Festival before and it’s a great event that boasts a variety of different activities for the whole family to enjoy.

“I’m very much looking forward to making a return this year with my show, as well as getting the chance to sample some of the great activities on offer.”

There are even more fun activities to enjoy at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival such as face painting, live music and giant lawn games including twister, jenga and snakes and ladders.

The festival will take place over two days for the first time ever on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 of April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close.

Foodie fans can sample some taste sensations from the likes of Pitt Street Food Market, Babu Kitchen, Mighty Mexican, Linton and Co Coffee, Scozzese Pizza and Sharma Street Food and there will be a chance to part with your pennies and pounds at the popular arts and crafts market.

Smaller portion sizes will be available for children and a range of halal, gluten free, veggie and vegan options will be on offer. People will also be able to purchase some great produce from the Farmers’ Market and trader’s stalls.

The children’s workshops are free to attend but numbers are limited so interested parties are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment. To find out more and book a place please visit: www.paisley.is/kidsworkshops.

To find out all the latest information on this and other events happening in Renfrewshire please visit www.paisley.is.

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Ceilidh Trail

Fèis Phàislig will deliver their first ever Ceilidh Trail project this August. Discover what life is like as a touring traditional musician, performing a variety of concerts across 3 weeks this summer. If you are aged 16-25 and interested in a paid summer position, audition for us on Sunday 29th April in Paisley. Apply now at feisphaislig.com

Poster also attached!
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Lisa and Jordan Stewart and Matthew Gibb – YOP2018 EVENT

Jordan Stewart, Matthew Gibb and and Lisa Kowalski already have a few things in common. They are all talented and very hard working musicians who have been entertaining all ages at local charity, community and sports events for a number of years. They are also now linked together by the event they are organising and performing at in Paisley on 22nd April.

As part of Scotland‘s official national events programme to celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, Jordan, Matthew and Lisa are hosting a Family Fun Day at the Wynd Centre in Paisley.

There will be music, dance displays and plenty of fun things for the kids to do. In addition, a number of local youth groups and organisations will be showcasing their activities. Confirmed so far are the YMCA, Active Communities, Music Broth, Jump Dance, PRIMA  and the local Scouts, with more still to come. The musical trio have obtained funding from the Create 18 events programme, a fund administered by a group of young people called Communic18, with support from Young Scot, on behalf of Event Scotland.

Jordan Stewart, the youngest of the group and driving force behind the idea, says:

Our aim for the event is to showcase local groups and organisations in our community that don’t charge a lot of money in order to get involved with them. There is free entry to the event and everyone is welcome”.

Jordan, Matthew and Lisa were all part of and benefited from the cultural activity and funding generated by the Paisley 2021 bid last year and each of them are keen to give back to the community and say thanks for all the support that they have received.  Jordan was honoured to perform at Paisley Abbey alongside esteemed local musician James Grant for last year’s Spree Festival and Lisa is ever grateful to the local people who took part in her Hearts of Gold music video, which has really helped showcase Paisley far and wide. Matthew has, thanks to the generosity of the Scottish public, been able to raise around £15,000 to date for charity through busking.

The Create18 fund has given young people an opportunity to support Year of Young People 2018 with an exciting event in the local area and the chance to generate better understanding and respect between the generations.

The event is taking place between 1 and 3 o clock on Sunday 22nd April and there is no need to pre-book.

For further details, please   see the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/317018438823159.

For more information about YoYP18, visit www.yoyp2018.scot.

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Former Masterchef the Professionals winner to share top tips at Paisley Food and Drink Festival

Jamie Scott, winner of Masterchef the Professionals 2014, will run a series of cooking demonstrations sharing his top cooking tips at Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The chef, who runs the stunning The Newport restaurant overlooking the River Tay in Fife, will deliver three, free cooking demonstrations on Saturday 28 April to show audiences how to create top-class and delicious dining experiences at home.

The demonstrations will cover tasty recipes such as a how to get creative with your Sunday roast leftovers – delivered in association with Love Food Hate Waste, a mouth-watering vegetarian dish of cauliflower fritters and a fantastic spiced pork dish.

Chef, Jamie Scott, said: “I’m really looking forward to being part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. Events like this are a great way to get insight into local producers, suppliers, restaurants and cafés.  It’s a great way for people to get involved with food particularly those that take an interest in cooking.”

Love Food Hate Waste will provide advice on the day on making the most of your leftovers and the best ways to avoid food waste.

Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “With Scottish households throwing away more than 600,000 tonnes of food every year, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign wants to inspire everyone about what they can do with their leftovers, including making a delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.

“We can all do more to tackle waste and to demonstrate, we are delighted to be teaming up with Chef Jamie Scott who will be demonstrating easy to make recipes that will provide people with new ideas for how to make the most of our food.”

Baking sensation Three Sisters Bake will also run a demonstration on the day for those keen to get some expert tips on creating some sweet treats.

This year’s festival will take place over two days for the first time ever from Friday 27 to Saturday 28 of April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close. Visitors on the Friday night can enjoy street food from Pitt Street traders, expert tastings with Gin 71, a Rum Shack Bar and acoustic music performances. On Saturday there will be a full programme of children’s workshops and entertainment, farmers’ market, craft market and plenty of delicious street food to enjoy and traders to purchase foodie gifts and goodies from.

The festival will run alongside Paisley’s Beer Festival which will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April run by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, which attracts people from all over Scotland and beyond. The group will also run an outdoor bar on the Friday and Saturday.

Although the demonstrations are free spaces are limited so please book places in advance. You can find out more about the event and the demonstrations here: www.paisley.is/cookingdemos/.

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Paisley confirmed as host of Royal National Mòd in 2022

Royal National Mòd torchlight parade

Paisley will host the Royal National Mòd – the world’s largest celebration of Gaelic language and culture – in 2022, it was confirmed this evening.

Royal National Mòd torchlight parade

The announcement – made by organisers An Comunn Gàidhealach at their AGM in Inverness – will see the Mòd come to Paisley for only the second time, after a memorable debut in 2013 – held up as one of the best Mòds of recent years.

It has been confirmed last year that one of Paisley and Perth would host in 2021 and one in 2022, but the decision over which was delayed until now.

The news comes shortly after the launch of Paisley Is – the new destination brand and website for Paisley and Renfrewshire – which aims to sell the town as one of Scotland’s key destinations for visitors and events.

The Mòd 2022 will now form part of the expanded programme of events and festivals being rolled out across Renfrewshire over the next few years as part of the legacy of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron – who sits on the local organising committee – said: “We are delighted the Royal National Mòd is coming back to Paisley in 2022.

“Paisley people are known as Buddies for a reason – a warm welcome for Gaels from across Scotland and beyond is guaranteed.

“The event’s one previous visit to Paisley – in 2013 – was the second-largest in its history, with 8,000 people over nine days, a £1.4m economic impact for the area, and a tremendous festival atmosphere around the town.

“Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 raised our profile as a key destination within Scotland. One of the ways we will build on that is by growing our already-successful events and festivals programme over the next few years – and the return of the Mòd will be a key date within that.”

John Morrison, chief executive of An Comunn Gàidhealach said: “We were in a unique position last year as to who would host the 2021 and 2022 Royal National Mòds.

“Both applications were extremely impressive, so the decision was made that each would become a host city, however we would wait until the City of Culture announcement had been made before choosing which city would host which year.

“Paisley’s 2013 Royal National Mòd was widely perceived as one of the best in recent years by Mòd regulars, staff and competitors, so to be returning a second time will be fantastic.”

The Royal National Mòd 2018 begins on October 12 in Dunoon, running through to October 20, celebrating the best of Gaelic literature, music, singing, language and art, with competitions for all ages and abilities.

You can find out more about what’s on in Paisley via www.paisley.is

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2021 thank you event to look ahead to Paisley’s bright future

Plans to secure a exciting future for Paisley will be laid out at a celebration event aimed at highlighting the benefits of bidding for UK City of Culture 2021 and how the town plans to continue to harness the power of culture to transform its fortunes.

The ‘Our Journey Continues’ event, which will take place on Thursday 29 March at Paisley Town Hall from 12.00 – 1.30pm, will examine the key benefits of the town’s bid including helping to raise the town’s profile, raising ambitions for the area, developing a deeper understanding of the excellent work taking place in the community.

The town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 changed the town for the better, and the momentum it generated will continue and this will be discussed in more detail at the event.

In addition to celebrating the work which has already taken place it will also reveal more about the future opportunities. This includes investing in cultural venues and outdoor spaces such as Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre and St James Playing Fields, developing the creative economy and enhancing our cultural events and festivals programme and continuing to build on the support from the community. This investment demonstrates how Renfrewshire continues to buck the trend in terms of cultural investment.

Furthermore it will show that the council and its place partners are still committed to achieving the step changes outlined in the bid – to grow a new dimension to the economy, transform the town’s image, lift Paisley’s communities out of poverty, be recognised for cultural excellence and transform the town into a vibrant cultural centre.

The event will see partners and local community groups come together to find out more about future plans and members of the public are encouraged to come along to learn what will happen next for the town.

Chair of the Paisley Partnership Board, Councillor Iain Nicolson, said: “The Our Journey Continues event is not only a celebration of the excellent work which has already taken place through the bidding process but is a great opportunity for us all to look ahead to the exciting plans for the future.”

This event precedes the Future Forward: Culture in Renfrewshire collaborative discussion which will ask attendees what directions culture in Renfrewshire should take, and what successes people would like to build on.  The event will be held in Paisley Town Hall from 2-4pm.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s Head of Cultural Services, Morag Macpherson, said: “The thank you event is a great introduction to the Culture in Renfrewshire discussion which will allow everyone to have their say on what the priorities for culture in Renfrewshire should be in the years to come.

“I’m sure the plans unveiled through Our Journey Continues, and the ideas and ambitions which people come along with, will create a really rich inspirational mix. We will discuss how we best focus our aspirations and collectively create a really exciting cultural environment over the next few years.”

There will also be another Future Forward session on Tues 17 April 6-8pm, places can be booked here.

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Whats Our Story – Tommy McGrory

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Paisley’s Food and Drink Festival set to be the biggest yet

Paisley’s popular Food and Drink Festival returns this April and it’s going to be bigger and better that ever before.

The festival will take place over two days for the first time ever starting on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 of April when the very best of Scotland’s producers will showcase their wares to visitors in Paisley’s iconic Abbey Close. Visitors can experience tasting sessions with the likes of Gin 71 as well as a fantastic selection of street food vendors, interactive workshops, live music and Scotland’s largest real ale festival.

For the first time Pitt Street Food Market, Scotland’s first street food market which won the Scottish Street Food Awards and have catered Electric Fields and Meats and Beats Festival, will be at the festival with some of the best street food vendors from around Scotland such as shellfish and speciality meat vendor Barnacles & Bones, Scottish food favourite Bruadair, The Buffalo Truck, Harajuku Kitchen and The Crema Caravan for those with a sweet tooth.

Hal Prescott of Pitt Street said: “The Pitt is delighted to be a part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. We’ll be bringing some award-winning traders, from far and wide across Scotland. Expect some stunning food, drinks and entertainment across an amazing couple of days.

“People should come along to the event and try some amazing international cuisine from some of the best street food traders in the country. Come down and try dumplings from a tuk-tuk, hanger steaks off a bespoke bbq or shellfish with gourmet fries. It’s going to be a feast for the senses.”

Smaller portion sizes for children and a range of halal, gluten free, veggie and vegan options will be on offer and  visitors will also be able to sample a wide range of craft beers, small batch gins and prosecco on tap. People will be able to purchase some great produce from the Farmers’ Market and trader’s stalls including Three Sisters Bake.

Foodie fans can also sample some more taste sensations from Babu Kitchen, Mighty Mexican, Linton and Co Coffee, Scozzese Pizza and Sharma Street Food and there will be a chance to part with your pennies and pounds at the popular arts and crafts market.

Cooking demonstrations will take place with a celebrity chef, to be announced soon, to allow visitors to learn the best tricks of the trade and children will have the opportunity to get some hands-on foodie-fun experiences. There will also be a live music entertainment and giant lawn games providing all the ingredients for a great day out.

There will be plenty to keep the kids entertained with our selection of free children’s workshops and entertainers – the full programme of all activities will be announced soon.

The festival will run alongside the Paisley’s Real Ale Festival which will take place from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April run by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, which attracts people from all over Scotland and beyond.

One of the organisers from the Campaign for Real Ale, Karen Moore, said: “We’re very excited for our 31st beer festival – which is now the largest in Scotland. With well over 100 casks ales to try, we will also have cider, mead, wine and a large variety of international beers. We will have beers from local breweries like Kelburn and Jaw, as well as many others from all over the UK. There will also be food available to soak up the beer from our ever-popular Sausage and Crepe stall and a new addition, the “Aye Love Real Food” stall this year.

“Organised by the Renfrewshire branch of CAMRA the event is run entirely by volunteers, who work tirelessly in the run up to, during, and after the event. We are sure that this year’s event will be another cracker and not one to miss”.

Paisley’s Food and Drink Festival really is a fantastic showcase of Scotland’s vibrant street food scene, with the very best seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced and hand reared produce it’s a great weekend out for all.

A full itinerary of the Paisley Food and Drink Festival including details on how to can book into workshops and demonstrations will be released closer to the event.

To find out more about this and other great events taking place in the area please visit the new destination website www.paisley.is.

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Lochwinnoch Arts Festival returns for its 17th year

The popular Lochwinnoch Arts Festival returns to the idyllic Renfrewshire village for a 12 day celebration of music, theatre, comedy and much more.

It has been part of the local cultural scene for 17 years and for two weeks from Tuesday 13 March – Sunday 25 March across a range of village venues, the 2018 Lochwinnoch Arts Festival will offer something for everybody.

Many of the events are free, while others are being held to raise funds for good causes – with a special focus on St Vincent’s Hospice, which is marking its 30th anniversary year.

The opening concert will be both raucous and at the same time poignant. The Small Fezzes, the ever popular Lochwinnoch Ukulele band will get Lochwinnoch 2018 underway ‘with friends’ at the McKillop Hall. This will be a Concert for Anne Moore –dedicated to the memory of a wonderful lady, lover or the arts, huge supporter of the festival and a founding member of the Small Fezzes. The Annie’s Song tribute is free, though tickets are required for entry – all donations will go towards the funding of equipment for Corseford School, where she taught for more than 30 years.

World renowned crime writer Christopher Brookmyre will be appearing with the Lochwinnoch writers group on Thursday 15 March, while local author Corrine Hutton will be in conversation with Professor Rowena Murray on Saturday 24 March.

The popular ‘A Buddy Good Laugh’ returns to the Mckillop Hall on Friday 16 March featuring some of the country’s top comedy talent, including TV and radio star Des Clark.

Some old favourites are also on the festival bill including the fantastic jazz band Rose Room, this year joined by international saxophone player Laura Macdonald.

A special evening of classical artists from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s brass quintet and classical guitar featuring Matthew McAllister is also set to be a highlight of this year’s programme.

Among the considerable local talent on show is the ever popular Calder Drama Club, this year with the comedy ‘Lady Chatterley’s Charter’ on Thursday 22 March.

Musician and entertainer Willie Gamble and friends; rock band Howlin’ radio; the unique sound of Witches’ Brew; an all-new selection of tunes from Glasgow Theatre Guilds Musicality; and a community concert in the Parish Church with the Lochwinnoch Choral Society add to the eclectic mix on offer.

In addition to the fantastic music, theatre and comedy offering there will also be art and photography exhibitions, craft fairs, pottery and felting try-out events and drop in jamming sessions in local pubs. The festival really has something for everyone.

Festival organiser Dr Morag Thow said, ‘The Lochwinnoch Arts Festival is, as we have badged it, the friendly festival. For two weeks it offers a chance for local talent to mix with national and international starts in music, comedy, writing, drama, painting and crafts.

“It is a brilliant thing to be part of, whether as a performer or a member of the audience. I cannot thank our supporters and sponsors enough, as without them the Festival would simply not be possible.

“This year we are remembering our dear friend Anne Moore, and will hope to raise both money and awareness of the great causes that she herself supported – St Vincent’s Hospice and Corseford School.”

There really is something for everyone at the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival from 13 – 25 March 2018.

For more information about the festival and to find out where you can get tickets please visit: http://lochwinnochartsfestival.co.uk/.

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Pass It On Week 10th-18th March

The theme for this year is musical instruments. So many unused instruments are languishing in lofts and cupboards. The idea is to collect these and pass them on to organisations who will use them.
LEAP will be a collection point and we will be partnering with Music Broth a new Glasgow based charity, who lend out musical instruments.