Paisley food Festival
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SATURDAY 2ND JULY 2022

Sma’ Shot Day is one of the many events in our yearly events programme, which in 2022 will return to Abbey Close and Bridge street.

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As you may have seen across the town there are a host of regeneration and construction projects ongoing and as a part of this the site will have limited space so market stalls numbers may be limited in comparison to previous years at the Abbey Close site.

For 2022 due to the limited space in our outdoor site we will host a Makers Market on the ground floor of the old  Allders Space in the Paisley Centre which is now named The Art Department and is run by Outspoken Arts.

The traditional Sma’ Shot Day Parade will pass right by the main entrance of this market space. The market will be included in all our marketing content for the overall Sma’ Shot Day event.

If you would like to book a stall for the Makers Market  on Saturday 2nd July, please complete the form at this link and return it to events@renfrewshire.gov.uk by Friday 6th May 2022 

Please note that an application will not be a confirmation of attendance at the event. A confirmation email will be sent after receipt of your application

Makers will be charged £25 per stall for up to two tables and chairs. Payment is by invoice before the event. Please do not send any cheques or cash with your application.

Please note that stallholders who are selling products at the event are required to have Public Liability Insurance.

If you would like any more information, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Gregg Young on 07917 266 352 or at events@renfrewshire.gov.uk

A full programme of Sma’ Shot Day can be found on the Paisley.is website when the event launches in May 2022

We thank you for your continued support.

There’s so much to enjoy at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival with the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent, brilliant local producers, and great live music across the two-day event.

The Festival, which takes place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April, will see around 30 street food traders, licensed bars, music and entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Paisley Abbey.

Organisers are teaming up with Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) once again this year to host a dedicated Beer Tent as part of the Festival grounds.

The marquee will be located at Bridge Street in the town centre and will have around 48 cask conditioned ales and craft beers available, including vegan and gluten free options.

Stephen Murphy of Renfrewshire CAMRA said: “We’re really happy to be coming back to Paisley Food and Drink Festival. We’ve got some really exciting beers from all over the UK, including six brand new beers from Northern Ireland which have never been featured in Paisley. The Champion Beer of Scotland will also be presenting on the Friday night. So, we encourage everyone to come along to the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and try something new.”

As well as the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent, Paisley venue The Keg will also have a special Stage & Bar at the Festival, featuring a bumper programme of live music across Friday and Saturday.

Talented local musicians will take to the stage throughout Friday evening, while Saturday’s line-up is packed with great bands, cover acts and solo performers, including singing sensation Tom Urie and his Piano Jukebox – a popular favourite at previous festivals.

Trevor Mills of The Keg said: “This year, we have a fantastic line up to showcase what The Keg is all about – and even though we are primarily a rock bar, we really do have something for all tastes over the weekend.

“To have original acts like MrdB and AMA Jane before they go on tour is a real treat. We have great bands like Canyon and Paisley favourites Proposal, as well as Warren Capaldi and our Green Day tribute act headliner, which we feel is a perfect way to give a taste of what we are all about to those who may not have stopped by The Keg before.

“It’s been a real privilege to be able to showcase the wide variety of talent we have on our doorstep and the support from everyone to make it happen has been incredible.

“Tom Urie, who has been a long-time supporter of us, will be a hit on Saturday afternoon with his Piano Jukebox. It’s sure to put huge smiles on faces – something we can’t wait to see again now events like this are returning.”

There’s also plenty to suit all ages and tastes at the Festival live stage with music and entertainment across both Friday and Saturday.

The opening night’s music is programmed by The Rum Shack, with their resident DJs and festival favourites Samson Sounds on hand to soundtrack your Friday food and drink experience.

Then, on Saturday, Paisley’s famous The Bungalow venue will bring a top line-up to the live stage, featuring local music groups, a ceilidh, big band numbers, rock and pop covers and much more.

A host of Renfrewshire-based businesses will also showcase their wares at the Festival, including Brew, Café Fairfull, Chocoworks, Funky Fudge, Gatehouse Coffee Roasters, Legends of the Dark Gods, Paisley Drinks Co, Porelli Loop and Scoop, Rainbow Turtle, The Rollin Pig and students from West College Scotland.

Cindy McKendrick of Café Fairfull said: “We’re thrilled to be part of this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival and we’ll be bringing lots of tasty treats for visitors to enjoy. We’re making everything fresh from our bakery here in the heart of Paisley.

“We will have our famous strawberry tarts, a popular selection of cakes and treats, warm brownies and delicious milkshakes on offer. We can’t wait to see everyone there!”

Plus, there’s still time to sign up for fantastic hands-on food and craft workshops for children and families, including chocolate making and painting terracotta pots.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival takes place from 4pm – 10pm on Friday 29 and 12pm – 9pm on Saturday 30 April 2022.

Find out more about the event here: https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-food-and-drink-festival/

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Paisley’s popular Food and Drink Festival is returning in-person for 2022 with a two-day feast of fun this April.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals and the extravaganza will take place at Abbey Close and Bridge Street in Paisley town centre on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April.

This year’s line-up will showcase the finest street food on offer with more than 30 traders and vendors, licensed bars and a packed programme of live music, entertainment, and foodie-fun for people of all ages.

Organisers are once again working with Glasgow independent street food market Platform, who will bring a host of Scotland’s best street food traders, an Innes and Gunn craft beer bar and cutting-edge cocktails utilising some of Scotland’s finest craft spirits.

Platform traders coming to the Festival include, Kochchi Sri Lankan Street Food, Freddy & Hicks, Hector & Harriet artisan food, coffee & cocktails, Moskito Spanish Bites, NomNam, Shawarmarama, Snarling Hog, Stag Bites the Hog and The Peruvian – British Street Food Award Winner 2020.

Kathryn McCormick, General Manager at Platform, said: “We are delighted to bring Platform on Tour back to Paisley Food and Drink Festival for our first outdoor venture since 2019. It’s always a brilliant event to be a part of and we hope everyone enjoys sampling the amazing food our Platform traders have to offer and visit our very own bar. Fingers crossed for some sunshine!”

There’s something to suit all tastes at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2022, including a range of delicious gluten-free, halal, vegetarian and vegan options.

A host of Festival favourites will be returning, including Brigston & Co. artisan hot dogs, Scozzese woodfired pizza, Porelli Loop and Scoop, the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van and the popular Rum Shack.

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 a wide range of craft conditioned ales and craft beers available.

The Festival will also see a live music and entertainment stage programmed by the Rum Shack on Friday evening and Paisley’s famous The Bungalow music venue on Saturday.

Plus, there’s lots of entertainment for the kids on Saturday with the chance to enjoy some hands-on food workshops and fun games.

Visitors will be able to purchase some great produce from local trader stalls, including the Paisley Drinks Company, Gatehouse Coffee Roasters and Café Fairfull.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome everyone along to Paisley Food and Drink Festival next month and it’s brilliant to be back in-person after a three-year wait.

“Paisley Food and Drink Festival is Renfrewshire Council’s first major event of 2022, hot on the heels of About Us, which saw almost 50,000 visitors celebrate the start of Unboxed celebrations across the UK.

“The Festival is one of the largest food and drink events in Scotland, with people travelling from all over to enjoy everything that the event and Paisley has to offer.

“We’re also delighted that 2022 marks the return of Paisley Beer Festival and Renfrewshire CAMRA into the main festival tent once again. It’s also great to welcome back Platform and their mouth-watering range of street food alongside so many fantastic local traders and new faces to the Festival.

“Food and drink connoisseurs can be sure that Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be a delicious, safe and fun extravaganza for all.”

To find out more about the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2022 and more fantastic events taking place in the area, visit www.paisley.is.

Renfrewshire’s major events are back with a spectacular live programme set to take place across 2022. Organised by Renfrewshire Council, the bumper calendar will see the Paisley Food and Drink Festival return in-person for the first time since 2019, alongside area highlights The Spree, Paisley Halloween Festival and many more. Events in the area begin as Paisley plays host to About Us – the opening event of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK programme of major celebrations across the UK – from Tuesday 1 until Sunday 6 March, with a public preview on Monday 28 February. The town is the first location on a five-stop UK tour for About Us – and the free, outdoor spectacle will transform Paisley Abbey for a stunning visual and sound experience, taking attendees on a thrilling ride through 13.8 billion years of life, the universe and everything in it. The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns to Abbey Close and Bridge Street, with a tantalising offer of top street food from across Scotland, fantastic local traders, live music, workshops and more on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April. Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will also see a live programme for the first time since 2019, as the event commemorating the historic victory of local weavers takes place on Saturday 2 July. Summer will also see a new Renfrew Pipe Bands competition take over Robertson Park on Saturday 23 July. The Spree, Paisley’s annual music and arts festival, is on the move from its traditional October slot in 2022 as the iconic Spiegeltent comes to town from Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 September, promising a top line-up for gig-goers. The 10-day programme will also be accompanied by the Spree for All fringe festival of events across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages. The Wee Spree programme will take place from Saturday 15 – Saturday 22 October, providing fun activities and shows for children and families during the school holidays. The award-winning Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and this year’s spectacular trail format will be staged from Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October. A programme of festive town centre activity will take place across Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with lights on display across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages to bring in the season. Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting a full year of live events for 2022 and to welcome back local supporters and visitors to what, for so many, are must-see dates in the diary. “Renfrewshire has firmly established itself as a key destination on Scotland’s events map, which is a testament to the high quality and wide appeal of our annual programme. “We have developed new formats for some of our most popular events, ensuring visitors continue to feel safe and confident to return to live events and we maximise the benefits for local businesses too. “People travel from all over to take part in our spectacular events and we can’t wait for everyone to come and enjoy what we have in store for 2022. It is going to be fantastic.” Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “With both Paisley First plans for the year ahead and the confirmation of the council’s events calendar, it’s great to be able to look forward to a full year of town centre events in Paisley once again in 2022. “Our businesses will benefit from the town’s major events taking place over longer periods and being spread across multiple dates, particularly with the large levels of footfall these extended timescales will bring. “Money spent with our local businesses stays in the local economy, so by supporting these events and local traders we are supporting each other. “We look forward to working together with Renfrewshire Council on town centre events and activity throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.” For more information about upcoming events in Renfrewshire, visit www.paisley.is.

Renfrewshire’s major events are back with a spectacular live programme set to take place across 2022.

Organised by Renfrewshire Council, the bumper calendar will see the Paisley Food and Drink Festival return in-person for the first time since 2019, alongside area highlights The Spree, Paisley Halloween Festival and many more.

Events in the area begin as Paisley plays host to About Us – the opening event of the Unboxed: Creativity in the UK programme of major celebrations across the UK – from Tuesday 1 until Sunday 6 March, with a public preview on Monday 28 February.

The town is the first location on a five-stop UK tour for About Us – and the free, outdoor spectacle will transform Paisley Abbey for a stunning visual and sound experience, taking attendees on a thrilling ride through 13.8 billion years of life, the universe and everything in it.

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival returns to Abbey Close and Bridge Street, with a tantalising offer of top street food from across Scotland, fantastic local traders, live music, workshops and more on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April.

Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will also see a live programme for the first time since 2019, as the event commemorating the historic victory of local weavers takes place on Saturday 2 July.

Summer will also see a new Renfrew Pipe Bands competition take over Robertson Park on Saturday 23 July.

The Spree, Paisley’s annual music and arts festival, is on the move from its traditional October slot in 2022 as the iconic Spiegeltent comes to town from Thursday 1 – Saturday 10 September, promising a top line-up for gig-goers. The 10-day programme will also be accompanied by the Spree for All fringe festival of events across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages.

The Wee Spree programme will take place from Saturday 15 – Saturday 22 October, providing fun activities and shows for children and families during the school holidays.

The award-winning Paisley Halloween Festival is widely regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK and this year’s spectacular trail format will be staged from Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October.

A programme of festive town centre activity will take place across Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with lights on display across Renfrewshire’s towns and villages to bring in the season.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events for Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting a full year of live events for 2022 and to welcome back local supporters and visitors to what, for so many, are must-see dates in the diary.

“Renfrewshire has firmly established itself as a key destination on Scotland’s events map, which is a testament to the high quality and wide appeal of our annual programme.

“We have developed new formats for some of our most popular events, ensuring visitors continue to feel safe and confident to return to live events and we maximise the benefits for local businesses too.

“People travel from all over to take part in our spectacular events and we can’t wait for everyone to come and enjoy what we have in store for 2022. It is going to be fantastic.”

Colette Cardosi, Chair of Paisley First, said: “With both Paisley First plans for the year ahead and the confirmation of the council’s events calendar, it’s great to be able to look forward to a full year of town centre events in Paisley once again in 2022.

“Our businesses will benefit from the town’s major events taking place over longer periods and being spread across multiple dates, particularly with the large levels of footfall these extended timescales will bring.

“Money spent with our local businesses stays in the local economy, so by supporting these events and local traders we are supporting each other.

“We look forward to working together with Renfrewshire Council on town centre events and activity throughout the year for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information about upcoming events in Renfrewshire, visit www.paisley.is.

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival is taking a different shape for 2021 – with a tempting online programme across nine days this April.

The festival will take place from Friday 16 – Saturday 24 April and will showcase the rich diversity of Renfrewshire’s food and drink offer through a series of vibrant short films and a mouth-watering menu of interactive experiences, including online cooking demonstrations, tastings, workshops and much more.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival aims to support local businesses, cafes, bars, restaurants and growers across Renfrewshire and the surrounding area, with spending local more important now than ever.

As part of the festival, Renfrewshire Council is working with culture and lifestyle publication Mill Magazine to produce a series of short films shining a spotlight on local food and drink businesses and the range of cuisine available across the area’s towns and villages.

The ‘Taste of Renfrewshire’ videos will be screened online across the nine days alongside a fantastic programme of virtual experiences for food and drink lovers to enjoy.

Gantry Paisley will host a virtual gin tasting evening on Friday 23 April with new local producer Tear Drop Gin – perfect for gin-lovers and those looking to sample something new.

Virtual tasting kits, including four different gins paired with a suggested tonic and garnish, can be purchased online and will be posted out ahead of the event.

Inchinnan’s Barnhill Farm will also stage a variety of farm to table experiences across the festival with fantastic online cooking demonstrations.

Pick up locally sourced ingredients and recipes from the Barnhill Farm Shop before learning how to make a delicious BBQ, a tiramisu that will tickle your tastebuds and succulent sourdough bread along with ‘how to’ videos from the farm.

Plus, there’s more than just foodie experiences to enjoy over the nine days, as Paisley’s historic bar and venue The Bungalow hosts an online evening of music and cocktail making on Saturday 24 April.

Enjoy performances from The Vegan Leather, Tom McGuire and The Brassholes, Skaledonia, John Rush and Well Happy Band alongside tips on how to make some of your favourite cocktails by local businesses The Gantry, The Lane, The Swan and The Gleniffer Hotel in Paisley and The Brown Bull in Lochwinnoch.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is also working closely with local takeaway website and app Paisley Eats to help promote businesses across Renfrewshire. Food outlets who would like to put forward a special dish or offer can do so as members of the Paisley Eats App or through the Paisley.is website.

Paul Dickson, Mill Magazine Director, said: “Over the last few years, it’s been a pleasure documenting Renfrewshire’s flourishing food and drink scene through Mill Magazine. Standards keep rising, new places are opening and there are more bars and eateries entering our orbit on a regular basis.

“The films we are producing for the Paisley Food & Drink Festival are intended to spotlight this exact depth and quality that the region now offers to local people. Although it was impossible to include everyone’s favourite places, the selections we have made are a real testament to what Renfrewshire now provides – and are the product of the exponential growth and evolution that’s taken place before our very eyes.”

Jason Smith, owner of Gantry Paisley, said: “Gantry@Home is delighted to be involved with Paisley Food and Drink Festival, maintaining our reputation for quality spirits and service.

“Our online tastings allow those who join to try some amazing spirits that they may not usually get a chance to try while at home – all in a relaxed and informal style.”

Regular Paisley Food and Drink Festival partners The Rum Shack and Three Sisters Bake are back for this year’s online event with a special Rum Shack Takeover evening of rum tastings (rum boxes can be purchased in advance), live bands and Caribbean cooking and cocktail making on Friday 16 April and an exclusive Three Sisters Bake-along live on Friday 23 April.

Zero Waste Scotland will also showcase a number of online cooking demonstrations during the festival as part of its Love Food Hate Waste campaign, including MasterChef – The Professionals 2016 winner Gary Maclean’s top tips for cooking with kids, recipes for two special eco-friendly cocktails and advice on how to avoid wasting good food.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “We are delighted to be back with a digital festival for 2021 that enables more people and more local businesses to get involved.

“This year’s programme has something for all ages and all pockets, with nine days of interactive activity from cooking demos to virtual tastings and brilliant ideas to get families cooking together.

“We will be shining a spotlight on the exceptional food and drink offer in Renfrewshire – just as restrictions ease and our hospitality sector begins to reopen so the timing is perfect. We are asking everyone to join us online, stay local and spend local.

More programme details for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be announced online in the coming weeks.

Information on the events and how to get involved in the interactive experiences and online cooking demonstrations can be found at https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-food-and-drink-festival/

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Renfrewshire Council’s spring and summer events programme will be going online over the coming months.

The popular Paisley Food and Drink Festival will take a different shape for 2021 – with an online programme across 10 days in April.

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The Festival will showcase the rich diversity of Renfrewshire’s food and drink offer along with interactive culinary experiences, including cooking demonstrations and workshops, ways to grow your own food and much more.

More details about the programme for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Following the success of last year’s event, Paisley’s annual Sma’ Shot Day celebrations will once again be marked with a programme of online events to commemorate the historic victory of local weavers.

This year’s online event will take place on Saturday 3 July – the time when the weavers and their families would traditionally take their holidays.

The move to take the events online for 2021 is in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure celebrations can still take place in adherence with national guidance.

The British Pipe Band Championships, which were due to be staged in Paisley in May, will no longer take place.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The Paisley Food and Drink Festival is always one of the highlights of our annual events calendar – and this year’s online programme will provide a fantastic opportunity to shine a spotlight on the exceptional food and drink offer we have across Renfrewshire.

“We look forward to telling you more about the festival programme and how people can get involved very soon.

“Sma’ Shot Day represents an important part of Paisley’s heritage and we were delighted with the warm reception last year’s online celebrations received from local people, as well as those from further afield who wouldn’t normally be able to take part in the day’s events.

“This year’s online event will look to carry on these traditions and feeling of community spirit, while offering opportunities for everyone to get involved in celebrating this great day.

“Due to the current restrictions on major events, it’s a great shame that we will be unable to host the British Pipe Band Championships in Paisley this May. The Championships is a fantastic event which draws competitors and spectators from over the UK and across the world and it’s just not possible to stage such an event right now.

“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed partnering with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association since 2016 and it’s disappointing that the last two years of our partnership – 2020 and 2021 – have coincided with the pandemic.

“We wish the Association, and everyone in the piping world, the very best in successfully resuming competition when it’s safe to do so – and we will continue our dialogue with the Association, actively seeking alternative events and activities to partner on in the future.

“Decisions on the remainder of our 2021 events programme will be made throughout the year, in line with national guidance and public health advice. We will continue to work with events sector and other local authority partners to ensure that we can deliver a safe, accessible, and inclusive programme when physical events are permitted again.”

Renfrewshire Council advises everyone to stay safe and continue to follow the national guidance on coronavirus set out by the Scottish Government.

For the latest local updates, visit our ‘Information, help and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)’ webpage: http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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Paisley’s popular Halloween and Spree 2019 festivals delivered a £1.2million economic boost to Renfrewshire.

That’s according to the findings of independent assessments into the two October events, which also showed record numbers of people attended the festivals in 2019.

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One of the largest events of its kind in the UK, the Dark Circus themed Paisley Halloween Festival attracted 41,000 people across the two-days – up 17% on 2018. The event was delivered alongside internationally-acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou.

More than 350 costumed performers and community groups took part in the Mardi Gras style parade, the centrepiece of the festival, which wound its way through the town centre. The parade also featured fantastic, giant lion and elephant floats, ferocious fire performers, creepy clowns and curious creatures, to delight the gathered crowds.

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Twenty six percent of attendees to the Halloween festival were from outside Renfrewshire demonstrating the popularity and stellar programme of the free, family-friendly activities on offer.

The Paisley Halloween Festival was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland for the 2019 event.

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The festival delivered £824,250 to the local economy with local businesses benefiting from the high number of visitors in the town that weekend.

Paisley Halloween Festival scooped the Best Cultural Event or Festival at the 2019/20 Scottish Thistle Awards West Scotland regional finals and will now go on to compete in the prestigious national final on March 5, 2020.

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The Spree also delivered impressive results for the area. More than 12,000 festival-goers turned out to enjoy the diverse range of acts in the stunning Salon Perdu Spiegeltent in Paisley’s County Square – allowing for more people to enjoy the performances.

The numbers also add up, with a £411,000 total economic boost from the 10-day music, arts and cultural festival.

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The Spree 2019 saw record ticket sales with music and comedy fans being treated to sell-out shows from Hue and Cry, Glasvegas, The Snuts, Jerry Sadowitz and spectacular performances from Soul legend PP Arnold, Hayseed Dixie, Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys, Karine Polwart’s Scottish Songbook and two Friday comedy nights compered by Fred MacAulay and Scott Gibson.

The festival was programmed by Regular Music and sponsored by Tennent’s Lager.

There was also a packed Wee Spree programme for kids during the school holidays with 2,822 people heading along to enjoy the events – the highest number of attendees on record for the event.

The festival also provided a boost to local traders with many festival-goers choosing to Spend Local and sample the great bars, restaurants and cafes in the area.

Jacqueline McCaig, owner of The Old Swan Inn which hosted the Spree Festival Club of daily events during the festival, said: “We absolutely loved hosting the Spree Festival Club at The Old Swan – it was a fantastic week of live music. The pub was really busy with a great atmosphere and a great mix of customers old and new, who came to see what the Festival Club was all about and enjoy the variety of talent we had on show.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It was phenomenal to see such great numbers coming along to Paisley’s Halloween Festival and to Spree and now this report shows the positive impact these major events have on the local economy and local businesses.

“We’re continuing to work with partners to offer a fantastic calendar of events to attract residents and visitors from across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“Renfrewshire has so much to offer and major events are an important part of our plans to use our culture and heritage to drive footfall and cement our status as one of Scotland’s top visitor destination.”

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The Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 is well underway with visitors enjoying a fantastic first day at one of Scotland’s biggest outdoor food and drink events.

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The town’s fifth annual event is taking place today (Friday 26 April) and Saturday 27 April, with more than 40 food and drink traders and live entertainment – all in the stunning surroundings of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

This year’s line-up also features delicious street food traders from the popular 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 bar, Glasgow’s popular Rum Shack, live music on The Bungalow Main Stage, children’s workshops, the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent and much more.

Festival-goers can also enjoy cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs 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.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival is one of the highlights in the area’s annual events calendar. Renfrewshire’s major events generated almost £5m for the local economy in 2018 and saw total attendance figures of over 160,000.

Day two of the festival begins at 12pm tomorrow (Saturday 27 April) with traders open and entertainment right up until 9pm, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun.

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Foodies have been urged not to miss this weekend’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival as the town gets set to host its biggest and best culinary extravaganza yet.

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The popular event, which is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals, will take place in the stunning surroundings of the town’s iconic Abbey this Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April.

Visitors will be served a stellar line-up with more than 40 traders and vendors showcasing the finest street food and drink, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music and entertainment, children’s workshops and much more.

For the first time, PLATFORM independent street food market is heading out on tour from its home at Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches to Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019.

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It’s the popular market’s first outdoor date of the year and will be bringing along delicious street food traders, including British Street Food Awards finalist Ginger and Chilli, Brigston & Co. Artisan Hot Dogs and delicious desserts from Crema Caravan.

PLATFORM on TOUR will add to the party atmosphere with giant Kata tee-pee tents, colourful furniture, the PLATFORM DJ’s and a range of cutting-edge cocktails to sample.

Hilary Goodfellow, Project Manager for PLATFORM on Tour, said: “We’re bringing the very best in street food to the festival. We’ve carefully chosen our traders to ensure we have a wide range and there’s something for everyone to enjoy. All our traders offer kids/smaller taster portions too, so it won’t damage your wallet.

“We’ve got wood fired pizza, tasty shawarma wraps, golden arancini, artisan hot dogs, award-winning crème brûlée and ice-cream tacos, and much more, including a fully stocked bar! Find us by the giant tipis.

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“The Paisley Food & Drink Festival is always a fantastic event with something for all the family. We can’t wait to be part of it this year!”

Glasgow’s award-winning Gin71 bar will be returning to the festival to run two dedicated gin tasting sessions on Friday 26 April, offering a perfect night out for gin lovers or those looking to try something new.

On Saturday 27 April, Gin71 will have its very own gin palace tent with a wide range of craft gins and meet the maker sessions for festival-goers to enjoy.

Cooking demonstrations will take place with celebrity chefs Matt Pritchard, star of hit MTV series Dirty Sanchez and BBC TV’s Dirty Vegan, Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, and baking sensations Three Sisters Bake.

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The cooking demonstration tent is sponsored by Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign, who will provide advice on how to avoid wasting good food.

Chef, Matt Pritchard said: “I’m really looking forward to hitting up Paisley Food & Drink Festival this weekend for my very first live cooking demos. It’s going to be absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to see you all there!”

Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) will host a dedicated Beer Tent at the town’s Bridge Street on both Friday and Saturday, with around 70 craft conditioned ales and craft beers available.

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

The Main Stage, sponsored by Paisley’s The Bungalow music venue, will see live performances from kids favourites Sprog Rock, the fabulous Princesses of Pop, who will pay tribute to the music of Ariana Grande, Little Mix and Steps – as well as a host of top local acts, including classic rock covers from Audiorayz and ska sensations Esperanza from 12pm – 9pm.

Foodies will find something to suit all tastes, including gluten-free and dairy-free options and – brand new for this year’s Festival – a dedicated vegan and vegetarian zone.

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained all day with a number of hands-on foodie experiences, fun games and smaller portion sizes available.

With Festival favourites Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Scozzese woodfired pizza and the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van also returning, visitors are sure to enjoy a fantastic two-day festival of fun.

To find out more about the Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019, visit https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-food-and-drink-festival/

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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 good canned chilli, 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/