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/

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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/

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.

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.

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.

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/