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Visitors will be able to learn valuable cooking tips from the professionals to reduce waste and help protect the environment at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The festival, which is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink events, will host a range of cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, on Saturday 27 April.

Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness of how doing easy, practical things in the home can reduce food waste, save money and benefit the environment.

Top chefs, including Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, Matt Pritchard, star of hit MTV series Dirty Sanchez and BBC TV’s Dirty Vegan, and baking sensations Three Sisters Bake will teach their tricks of the trade and show how making small changes in the kitchen can have a big impact.

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Love Food Hate Waste will be on hand to provide advice at the festival to help prevent good food ending up in the bin.

Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “A massive £1 billion worth of food is binned from our homes in Scotland every year. Most of this is good food that could have been eaten and enjoyed had it been used up in time. Food waste also contributes more to Scotland’s carbon emissions than any other type of waste.

“To make it easier for people at home to tackle this, we’ve teamed up with leading chefs at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival, who will share tips and tricks to show just how simple it can be to save food from the bin.”

Ahead of the Festival, Love Food Hate Waste will also work with local community groups, including The Tannahill Centre, ROAR: Connections for Life, Erskine Music and Media Studios, Our Places Our Families and Active Communities, to host a selection of free to attend workshops across Renfrewshire.

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The daily two-hour Love Food Hate Waste workshops aim to provide further advice on how to reduce food waste at home and will take place with the following groups:

  • Young Mums – The Tannahill Centre – Monday 22 April – 10am – 12pm
  • Older Adults – ROAR: Connections for Life – Tuesday 23 April – 2pm – 4pm
  • Erskine Community Hub – Erskine Music and Media Studios – Wednesday 24 April – 3pm – 5pm
  • Our Places Our Families – Our Places Our Families – Thursday 25 April – 1pm – 3pm
  • Feel Good Project – Active Communities – Friday 26 April – 10am – 12pm

Ms Haglund added: “Our popular Love Food Hate Waste training sessions are delivered to many community groups, businesses and local authorities across Scotland every year.

“They are fun, free, interactive sessions which will provide those attending with practical knowledge around the simple things we can all do to stop wasting food at home and save money in the process.”

Apple Oils Ltd will also be collecting waste cooking oil from participating traders at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival, which will then be transformed into sustainable biodiesel.

The Glasgow-based company will filter the cooking oil and use a chemical process to turn it into biodiesel which can be used to fuel vehicle engines.

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Alexander Macdonald of Apple Oils Ltd said: “We are delighted to be participating with Paisley Food and Drink Festival and support any actions that reduce waste and help save our environment. We collect waste cooking oil from all over Scotland and sell new to a selection of our customers.”

Paisley Food and Drink Festival takes place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April and will see more than 40 vendors from across Scotland in the stunning surroundings of the town’s Abbey Close.

This year’s line-up will also feature delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside at Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, expert tasting sessions with the award-winning Gin71, the popular Rum Shack and the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent.

There will also be live music and entertainment on the Main Stage, sponsored by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue, including Sprog Rock, Princesses of Pop and Esperanza – perfect for adults and kids alike.

Smaller portion sizes will be available for children and there’s something for all foodies with a range of halal, gluten free, veggie and vegan options also on offer.

Find out more about what’s on at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019, visit https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-food-and-drink-festival/

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A team of intrepid experts will go underground to solve a centuries-old mystery this summer during the biggest exploration yet of Paisley’s unique medieval Abbey Drain.

The intricate underground structure is believed to have carried material from Paisley’s 850-year-old Abbey to the nearby River Cart – but no one has ever established where and how it met the river.

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Now, a team of archaeologists will excavate an area next to Abbey Close to try to answer that – with the hope their findings could help the drain become a bigger visitor attraction in future.

The two-month project (running from May until July) is being managed by Renfrewshire Council and includes an extensive programme of activity to involve the local community.

The dig is being run by Guard Archaeology with volunteers from Renfrewshire Local History Forum, supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland.

Paisley’s Abbey Drain is an ornate underground passageway, around 100m long and believed to be more than 700 years old, which was discovered in the 19thcentury and rediscovered in the 1990s.

Previous archaeological digs have revealed carved slates featuring the earliest written polyphonic music – and largest collection of medieval pottery – ever found in Scotland.

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Community activity planned for during the Big Dig will include a series of short films and a documentary made by students from the University of the West of Scotland, school visits, volunteering opportunities, and free talks and workshops for the general public.

The drain itself won’t be accessible to the public during the dig – but there will be a chance for residents and visitors to go inside it, as in previous years, during Doors Open Day in September.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Paisley’s Abbey Drain is a hidden treasure and people are rightly fascinated by it – so we are delighted to be able to run a project which will engage the community and bring the stories of the Abbey Drain to life for residents and visitors.

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“The team behind the Big Dig hope to solve some of the unanswered questions around it and that may lead to further exploration or even a more permanent visitor attraction in future.

“If so, that would be a perfect fit for the wider push to use Paisley’s rich heritage and culture to bring new footfall to the town and build on our growing reputation as one of Scotland’s top visitor destinations.”

Riona McMorrow, Acting Head of The National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to think that the Big Dig might uncover the long held mysteries of Paisley’s Abbey Drain.

“It is thanks to National Lottery players that we have been able to help fund this innovative programme of activities which will nurture and build the community groups interested in improving Paisley through their heritage.”

Caroline Clark, Acting Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland (HES), said: “We’re delighted to have contributed funding to support the Paisley Abbey Drain Big Dig through our Historic Environment Support Fund.

“This is a fantastic project that will not only explore the hidden history of Paisley Abbey and help enhance our understanding of this fascinating site, but also provide an opportunity for the local community to get involved in archaeology and engage with the rich heritage on their doorstep.”

You will be able to keep up to date with the Big Dig and see the full programme of activity via www.paisley.is

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There’s plenty of fun on the menu for kids at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival with a range of hands-on foodie experiences and amazing live entertainment.

Free cooking workshops will take place at the Festival on Saturday 27 April in Paisley’s Abbey Close where youngsters can learn how to make their own pizza with Glasgow’s Tennent’s Training Academy or create delicious chocolate treats with Ayrshire’s Limetree Larder.

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Families can grab a seat in the stunning surroundings of Abbey Gardens to enjoy top music and entertainment all day on the Main Stage.

Pulse FM will host the free fun from 12 noon until 9pm, including kids’ favourites Sprog Rock, who’ll be performing two interactive rocking gigs specially created for young children.

Sprog Rock have toured across Scotland, creating innovative music and shows for children and adults to get involved and enjoy together.

Katy Wilson, lead singer of Sprog Rock, said: “We love Paisley and we can’t wait to come back and play here again – it’s going to be wild.

“We’re also so excited to have the fantastic Bigg Taj beatboxing with us at Paisley Food and Drink Festival too, so come along and join the fun!”

Also taking to the Main Stage are the fabulous Princesses of Pop, who will pay tribute to the music of Ariana Grande, Little Mix and Steps.

There will be a host of live performances from local bands throughout the day, programmed by Paisley’s famous gig venue, The Bungalow.

Families will be able to dance the day away with top acts, including singing duo Mandulu & Hephzibah and classic rock covers from Audiorayz, before ska sensations Esperanza take the party well into the evening.

Mia Farrell, booking manager at The Bungalow, said: “We are delighted to be working with Renfrewshire Council on this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and we hope everyone will enjoy the acts programmed for the Main Stage.

“We have made it a family, feel-good show with a little something extra for the adults later in the evening. We hope everyone has a wonderful time at the Festival and wish all the performers involved the absolute best of luck on the day.”

Children’s entertainer Captain James Tea Cook, vegan pirate of the Carob Bean, will also be at the event to entertain youngsters and adults alike with his unique bundle of food, science, craft and games workshops.

There are even more fun activities to enjoy at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival such as gardening workshops with Renfrewshire Growing Grounds Forum – suitable for all ages with help from a grown-up – face painting in Abbey Close and the PLATFORM on Tour tee-pee tents.

A Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the Lesser Hall of Paisley Methodist Central Hall from 12 noon to 5:15pm. This will be a quiet space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and their carers and will feature arts and crafts, musical instruments and lighting, gentle music and soft seating. Space is limited in this room, so please book a place in advance.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals and takes place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April.

This year’s line-up will see more than 40 vendors from across Scotland, delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, expert tasting sessions with the award-winning Gin 71, the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and more in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

Smaller portion sizes will be available for children and there’s something for all foodies with a range of halal, gluten free, veggie and vegan options also on offer.

With visitors able to enjoy the popular Rum Shack, festival favourites Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Scozzese woodfired pizza, the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van and more, it’s set to be a fantastic two-day festival of fun.

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: https://paisley.is/visit/kids-workshops/

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The award-winning Gin71 bar is coming to the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 to give visitors the chance to enjoy a perfect serve of top artisan gins.

The popular Glasgow-based bar chain returns to the Festival, which takes place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, after hosting popular gin tasting sessions at last year’s event.

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Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 will see more than 40 top food and drink traders from across Scotland, a demonstration kitchen with celebrity chefs, a Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and live entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

Gin71 will run two dedicated gin tasting sessions on Friday 26 April, with 60 places available for each session and expert staff on hand to showcase the very best Scottish craft gins.

Attendees will be able to enjoy a range of spirits served neat, with ice, and with a perfectly matched garnish and mixer, making it the perfect night out for gin lovers or those looking to try something new.

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On Saturday 27 April, the bar will have its very own gin palace tent with a wide range of craft gins to sample.

Gin71 will also be hosting a number of gin distillers to run ‘Meet The Maker’ events. These events will offer visitors the chance to chat to the people who create their favourite spirits and enjoy a complimentary sampling of their gins.

Managing Director of Gin71, Paul Reynolds, said: “We can’t wait to bring Gin71 back to this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and give visitors the chance to enjoy our range of fantastic craft gins.

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“Our evening tasting sessions and Festival gin bar were extremely popular with attendees at last year’s event and our expert bar staff will be in attendance once again to help people choose the perfect gin.

“Gin is continuing to be a really popular choice and, whether you’re a gin enthusiast or just looking to expand your horizons by trying something new, we look forward to seeing you at Paisley Food and Drink Festival this April.”

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Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals. This year’s line-up will also see delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, the popular Rum Shack, live music and entertainment programmed by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue, children’s workshops, picnic areas and much more.

Demand for places at the Gin71 tasting sessions is expected to be high, so interested parties are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets for the tasting sessions are £25 per person which covers samples of six of the finest artisan gins, a history of Scottish gin and in-depth information on each spirit featured with Gin71’s expert team.

To find out more or to book your place, please visit: www.gin71.com/paisley

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Beer lovers will be able to enjoy all the fun of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival as organisers are teaming up to host a Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent.

The Festival, which takes place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, will showcase more than 40 top food and drink traders from across Scotland, a demonstration kitchen with celebrity chefs and live entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

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For the past five years, Paisley Food and Drink Festival has been staged alongside Renfrewshire CAMRA’s annual Beer Festival in Paisley Town Hall.

With the much-loved Victorian town hall currently undergoing a major £22million refurbishment, organisers of both events are working together to host a Beer Tent for visitors to enjoy across the two-day event.

The marquee will be located at the town’s Bridge Street, as part of the Festival grounds, and will have around 70 cask conditioned ales and craft beers available.

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There will also be a wide range of bottled beer from around the world and vegan options for those attending the event.

Karen Moore of Renfrewshire CAMRA said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Renfrewshire Council to host a Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

“The marquee will have something for all tastes with a wide selection of cask conditioned ales, craft beers, international bottles and much more.

“With its handy location on Bridge Street, visitors can have a drink in the Beer Tent and wander out to the main Festival area to enjoy the range of street food, live music and entertainment in store.

“I can’t wait to see lots of familiar faces at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival. There’s so much for everyone to enjoy across the two days in April.”

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals. This year’s line-up will also see delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches, tasting sessions with Gin 71, live music and entertainment programmed by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue, children’s workshops, picnic areas and much more.

You can find out more about Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 here: https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-food-and-drink-festival/

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TV’s “Dirty Vegan” Matt Pritchard is the latest celebrity chef to be announced for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival.

The chef, who was the frontman of hit MTV series Dirty Sanchez before going on to present the BBC’s first vegan cookery show, Dirty Vegan, in 2019, will host two cooking demonstrations on Saturday 27 April.

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Each demonstration will see daredevil and former stunt performer Matt cook up some fun with delicious recipes from his new book, Dirty Vegan, before an audience Q&A session and the chance to meet the star.

Matt Pritchard will join fellow celebrity chef, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, Gary Maclean, and baking sensations Three Sisters Bake to run demonstrations at this year’s Festival.

Chef, Matt Pritchard, said: “I am totally stoked to be heading to the Paisley Food and Drink Festival to share my passion for amazing plant-based food that tastes BANGING!

“I still can’t get over how amazing the whole Dirty Sanchez to Dirty Vegan journey has been, and can’t wait to share my story, meet as many vegan or vegan-curious folk in Scotland as possible, and show how this incredible, nourishing, energising food is for everyone!”

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Matt, who shot to fame in the MTV daredevil stunt show Dirty Sanchez and Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, became vegan in 2015.

As a trained chef, the lifestyle change re-ignited Matt’s passion for cooking and saw him start his own YouTube cooking show, Pritchard’s Proper Vegan Cooking.

Gary Maclean is returning to this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival to teach visitors the tricks of his trade through a series of cooking demonstrations, having last appeared at the Festival in 2017.

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Chef, Gary Maclean said: “I’m really excited to be part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. To join this amazing line-up will be incredible. The crowds in Paisley are brilliant and I can’t wait to get back.”

The cooking demonstration tent at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 is delivered in collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

Love Food Hate Waste will provide advice on the day on making the most of your leftovers and how to avoid wasting good food.

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Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland, said: “We urge people to head along to Paisley Food & Drink Festival to see chef Gary Maclean, Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard and other exciting chefs make the most of the food they love and cut back on waste – helping both wallets and the planet.

“Research shows that the food we waste the most include fresh fruit and vegetables, accounting for £150 million worth from our homes in Scotland each year. With top chefs on board to help spread the word, visitors are sure to be inspired to make small changes that will have a big impact.”

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Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals and will take place over two days on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April.

This year’s line-up will see more than 40 vendors from across Scotland, delicious street food with traders from PLATFORM on Tour – the independent street food market who reside in the Argyle Street Arches, Glasgow – expert tasting sessions with the award-winning Gin 71, the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent, live entertainment, children’s workshops and picnic areas in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

For the first time, this year’s Festival will see a dedicated vegan and vegetarian zone offering a range of delicious options, such as There’s No Catch’s unique take on “vish & chips” with mushy peas and FlipnFast’s sweet and savoury vegan crepes and ice cream.

There will be something to suit all tastes, including gluten-free and halal options with smaller portion sizes designed for children.

Places for the cooking demonstrations are available to book now. Spaces are limited, so please book in advance.

You can find out more about Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 and how to book your place at the cooking demonstrations here: https://paisley.is/visit/cooking-demonstrations/

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Paisley town centre’s key outdoor spaces and road junctions are in line for a major transformation – and residents and businesses are being invited to two special events to help shape the plans.

Renfrewshire Council has set aside a £10m budget for a wide-ranging programme of improvements to the town centre – aimed at driving new footfall and life to the town centre and creating a more attractive place for residents and visitors to spend time.

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Two open consultation events are taking place next week at which you can have your say on how you would like the spaces to be used and what could be done with them.

The events will be in the Paisley.is office at 5a High Street, Paisley, on Thursday 14 March (1 to 7pm) and Saturday 16 March (9.30am to 12.30pm) with council staff on hand to take your comments.

The work is part of a wider programme aimed at using Paisley’s unique cultural and heritage story to change its future – including major transformations of the museum and town hall and a new library in a formerly-empty High St retail unit.

The programme aims to do the following:

– unlock the huge potential of the area around the iconic landmarks of the Abbey and town hall by creating an expanded space for the area’s already successful major events, and for people to gather and spend time;

– work to redesign County Square as a lively transport interchange and distinctively Paisley gateway to the town, as well as a space where a café culture could thrive;

Views are also being sought on work to simplify traffic movements and improve road safety at the following key town centre road junctions:

– Canal St / Causeyside St / Gordon St

– Mill St / Gauze St / Incle St / Glasgow Rd

– Lonend / Gordon St / Mill St

– the one-way system around Wallneuk

That work will aim to make the road network easier to navigate for drivers and pedestrians, remove the perception of the ring road as a barrier, and create more attractive public spaces offering a sense of arrival to the town.

It will also will feed into the results of a feasibility study into longer-term and more significant improvements to the town’s road system.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “We want to bring new life to Paisley’s day and night-time economies by making the town centre easier to reach and get around, and by creating spaces in which residents, workers, students and visitors will want to spend time and money.

“But to make the most of that it is crucial we capture the views of the people who know and use these spaces best….you. The public events will allow everyone with an interest in Paisley’s ongoing revival to have the chance to help shape what happens next, and your feedback will be important.

“The investment in outdoor spaces and road junctions supports a much wider investment in our key venues aimed at driving new visitors to the town and creating new trade for local businesses.

“It’s important to remember the role of town centres everywhere has changed forever. We can’t turn the clock back but we can use what sets us apart – in our case, stunning buildings and a unique cultural and heritage story – to give people new reasons to come here.

“We also want to stress that Paisley will remain open for business while the work is happening – and we want to know how best we can work with you to keep the town moving during construction.

“This investment will help the town make the best of what it has to offer – I hope as many people as possible come to the events and help shape what happens next.”

Council staff have already met with property owners, local business groups and taxi and public transport bosses to get input on the plans, with plenty positive feedback to date.

Construction work is likely to start in 2020, meaning the new outdoor spaces and road junctions will be complete for the increase in visitors and activity expected when the town hall and museum reopen in 2021 and 2022.

Information on the work will be posted online at renfewshire.gov.uk after the public events allowing further feedback to be offered for a limited time.

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Paisley is teaming up with independent street food market PLATFORM for its biggest and best Food and Drink Festival yet.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals and will take place in Paisley town centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April. This year’s line-up will showcase the finest street food with more than 40 traders and vendors, a demonstration kitchen with celebrity chefs, live entertainment and picnic areas in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

More than 15,000 people turned out to enjoy the two-day extravaganza in 2018.

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This year, organisers are working with the PLATFORM independent street food market, who reside in the iconic Argyle Street Arches, Glasgow. This will be the popular market’s first outdoor tour date of the year.

PLATFORM on Tour will bring ten of Scotland’s best street food traders, giant Kata tee-pee tents, colourful furniture, the PLATFORM DJ’s, a range of Innis & Gunn craft Arch Brews, and cutting-edge cocktails utilising some of Scotland’s finest craft spirits.

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PLATFORM traders coming to the Festival include, British Street Food Awards finalist Ginger and Chilli, Brigston & Co. Artisan Hot Dogs, Winners of the Scottish Street Food People’s Choice Award 2017 Shrimpwreck and delicious desserts from Crema Caravan.

Hilary Goodfellow, Project Manager for PLATFORM on Tour said: “Platform is a community of some of the very best street food traders in Scotland, and we love taking our traders out on tour. We are bringing a brilliant selection of genuinely authentic traders to the Festival, all with the same objective: to provide tasty, seasonal food that is sourced sustainably at an affordable price.

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“We have handpicked a delicious range of food with everything from artisan hot dogs to wood fired pizza, golden arancini, crispy calamari and ice-cream tacos! As a buddie myself, I can’t wait to bring PLATFORM on Tour to Paisley Food & Drink Festival, it’s a great event and offers something for all the family.”

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There will be something to suit all tastes at the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019, including gluten-free and halal options with smaller portion sizes designed for children.

New for this year’s Festival is a dedicated vegan and vegetarian zone offering a range of delicious options.

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Returning festival favourites include Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Scozzese woodfired pizza, Dispensary Bar cocktails, the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van and the popular Rum Shack.

The award-winning Gin 71 bar will also be back to host tasting sessions, with visitors sampling the very best artisan gins.

Managing Director of Gin 71, Paul Reynolds, said: “We’re really excited to be bringing Gin 71 back to Paisley Food and Drink Festival this April. Our gin bar and tasting sessions proved to be a real hit at last year’s event with so many people coming along to sample some fantastic craft gins.

“Gin’s popularity is continuing to soar, and our expert bar staff will be on hand to showcase the excellent range of craft gins we have available and maybe even give people the chance to try something new.”

Event organisers are teaming up with Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) to host a dedicated Beer Tent at the town’s Bridge Street, with around 70 craft conditioned ales and craft beers available.

The Festival will see a variety of food workshops and cookery demonstrations, as well as live music and entertainment programmed by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue.

A cooking demonstration tent, sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, will feature celebrity chef Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, who will teach visitors the tricks of his trade and Three Sisters Bake.

There will also be plenty of entertainment for the kids, with the chance to enjoy some hands-on foodie experiences and fun games.

Visitors will be able to purchase some great produce from the Farmers’ Market and trader stalls, including the Paisley Drinks Company and the Kilted Fudge Company.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “This is the fifth year of our Paisley Food and Drink Festival and the appetite has continued to grow each year, attracting thousands of visitors to Paisley town centre.

“The Festival is one of the highlights in Renfrewshire’s events calendar, with the British Pipe Band Championships hot on its heels in May.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to Paisley for two-days of great entertainment and the very best of Scotland’s street food.”

To find out more about this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and more fantastic events taking place in the area, visit www.paisley.is.

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Many of the Gildeas team is attending a fundraising concert for a Scottish charity focused on cancers of the head and neck.

Helen Johnston, our head of finance, is a supporter of TRACTion Cancer Support, which aims to raise awareness of cancers of the head and neck which include cancers affecting the pharynx, larynx, thyroid and oesophagus.

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Helen had a laryngectomy in 2016 and is all too aware of the challenges faced by individuals who fall victim to these cancers, particularly young people who may feel isolated as a result, and those close to them.

In addition to raising awareness of the symptoms of these cancers and the challenges faced by sufferers, TRACTion also aims to improve the standard of care available and establish a support network.

The charity has been active since 2017 but will officially launch on Saturday March 2 at Paisley Abbey when it hosts the Outspoken Jazz Event with a performance of the Peter Edwards Trio and the Laryngectomy Choir.

Tickets for the event cost £5 and you can purchase them from https://helmtickets.com/events/3300/outspoken-jazz-event-laryngectomy-choir or by contacting Liz Grant on 07711 001502 or liz.grant6111@gmail.com or call 07711 001 502. All proceeds will go to TRACTion Cancer Support.

You can find out more about Traction Cancer Support at their website – http://www.tractioncancersupport.org/

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Scotland’s Year of Young People in Renfrewshire has provided the perfect backdrop to showcase the talents of young people in the area through a year-long programme of events and opportunities to get involved, according to Renfrewshire’s specially appointed Children’s Champion for the year, Councillor Michelle Campbell.

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The Year of Young People 2018, delivered by the Scottish Government, working in collaboration with VisitScotland, EventScotland, Young Scot, Children in Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament and YouthLink Scotland, saw thousands of Renfrewshire’s young people get involved in a year-long programme of events across the region.

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Renfrewshire Council Youth Services has been working with youth work partners and youth groups to deliver activities focussing on the YoYP six themes that young people had identified as most important for them – participation, education, health and wellbeing, equality and discrimination, enterprise and regeneration and culture.

Halloween parade

More than 200 young ambassadors were selected from across Scotland to represent their local communities, including ten young people from Renfrewshire. The YoYP Ambassadors and Renfrewshire Youth Voice Groups worked together to raise awareness and promote young people’s participation across the authority.  Several events were successful in securing national funding through the Event Scotland Create18 grants offered as part of the themed-year.  These events included a young writers festival, community fun days, a cheerleading taster session, and positive mental health event.  Renfrewshire Council also awarded local funding to support a series of youth activities throughout the year to help put ideas into action including holiday programmes, pop up cinema, mobile laser quest sessions, Escape Rooms and community-based youth events – all co-designed by local young people.

The Halloween Festival signature YoYP project was led by the Renfrewshire Council Events team in conjunction with Renfrewshire Youth Services, attracting more than 34,000 people to the area in October. The event involved more than 700 local young people who had the opportunity to help shape the programme for the event and took part in the parade, aerial displays and also gained valuable work experience by working as part of the council’s events team, and with artists, and youth workers.

A lasting legacy of this partnership working across Renfrewshire is increasing young people’s involvement in the existing Renfrewshire events programme, including Sma’ Shot Day. This included working to make events accessible to wider youth participation, including working to reduce barriers to participation by making tickets and transport to events available to targeted groups. Around 3,600 young people engaged in Renfrewshire’s events throughout the year. The formation of a Youth Events Panel will work into 2019 to continue the involvement of young people shaping and creating youth friendly events in the future.

Councillor Michelle Campbell was selected as Renfrewshire’s Year of Young People Champion and has been attending a range of events across Renfrewshire throughout the year.

Councillor Campbell said:

“I was delighted to be appointed as the Council’s ambassador for young people during this specially themed year and I’ve been privileged to spend a lot of time meeting and listening to young people from across Renfrewshire over the last year. It’s delivered a real shift in welcoming young people to not just share their views, but also to include them in decision making and planning so they help inform our policies going forward.

“The Year of Young People gave our local young people a chance to really showcase their ideas and talents and to celebrate their achievements throughout the year and it’s been fantastic to see all the opportunities they’ve been able to take up as part of our events programme.

“Young people have a key role in their own education and we can continue to work to support that through the networks that have developed as a legacy of the Year of Young People 2018.”

Renfrewshire Youth Voice celebrated the end of the YoYP with their Positive About Youth Awards, which was a celebration of young people’s contribution to their peers and communities.

Jade Lochhead, the current Chair of Renfrewshire Youth Voice said:

“2018 gave us an opportunity for young people and youth work to be valued and listened to. Our Youth Assembly this year gave young people a platform to speak out on matters that we think are important.

“RYV will continue the theme of “Participation” into 2019 – Look out we’ve got more plans coming to Renfrewshire to keep us on the map.”

The Young Scot Renfrewshire portal hosted digital content created and curated by young people during the YoYP campaign. This will remain as a space to host films, photographs, blogs and reviews by young people and allow a wider youth audience to participate and engage with youth events in 2019 and for the years to come.

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How Renfrewshire’s young people took centre stage at Paisley’s Halloween festival

Around 34,000 people flocked to Paisley for the Halloween Festival in October, celebrating the town’s witchcraft past.

The festival, supported by the Year of Young People 2018 and EventScotland, was significantly enhanced for the themed year with a full town centre takeover.

Young people were at the heart of the festival’s development, with a 28-strong Youth Events Panel working alongside Renfrewshire Council’s Events Team and Youth Services to design and deliver the programme, while more than 700 took part in a new creative learning programme. This offered the opportunity to participate in all aspects of festival delivery from performance to live event management and technical production.

The Youth Events Panel involved young people from across Renfrewshire with differing needs which ensured a diversity of voices in the event’s creation and helped act as a driving force that shaped, developed and delivered the event activities.

Throughout the programme, the young people were supported to learn new skills and make new connections that will prove invaluable.

One of the young people involved in the aerial performance, Patrick Doherty, said he enjoyed having his creative ideas listened to in an open and fun environment.

Patrick said:

“My personal challenge was meeting new people and working in a group with people I didn’t know, but I was able to overcome this and really enjoyed the experience.”

Andi Brogan, who was also part of the aerial performance, enjoyed learning a new skill and being able to network with aerial dance theatre company, All or Nothing.

Andi said:

“As someone who wants to be a professional dance artist, this was an invaluable experience.”

Youth Events Panel member, Jessica Willcox, said:

“Being involved in Halloween allowed me to have a completely new experience. I’ve made new friends and been able to socialise, which has increased my confidence.”

Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, Louisa Mahon said:

“To have so many of our young people at the heart of the festival’s planning and staging as co-creators made it extra special and we have been delighted to have delivered such a major event in partnership with Event Scotland.

“Our high profile, high impact, ambitious Halloween Festival working with leading creative partners All or Nothing, Bridgeman Arts and 21CC, ensured our children and young people’s skills, talents and diversity shone on a local and national stage.

“Thank you to all the young people who were involved in making this year’s event such a huge success.”