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Paisley set to host its biggest and best Food and Drink Festival this weekend

Foodies are being invited to check out this weekend's Paisley Food and Drink Festival as the town gets set to host what is being described as its 'biggest and best culinary extravaganza yet'.

Published: April 24, 2019
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The popular event, which is one of Scotland’s largest outdoor food and drink festivals, will take place in the idyllic surroundings of the town’s Abbey this Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival

Visitors will be able to enjoy more than 40 traders and vendors showcasing the best in street food, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, live music and entertainment, children’s workshops and much more.

For the first time, PLATFORM street food market is heading out on tour from its home at Glasgow’s Argyle Street Arches to the festival.

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 will add to the event atmosphere with giant Kata tee-pee tents, colourful furniture, the PLATFORM DJs 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.

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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.

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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 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.

Attendees 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 here

The full list of traders at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019:

Babu Kitchen

Burger & Keg


Coast Coffee

Dispensary Bar

Earthworm Kitchen

Edin Burger


Flip n Fast Crepes

Gin 71

Hygge Foods

Kilted Fudge Co


Linton & Co


Muffin Break

Paisley Drinks Company

Paisley Grove Olive Oil




Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent

Rum Shack

Scozzese Wood Fire Pizza


Tempo Tea Bar

The Nut Shack UK

The Sly Fox

There's No Catch!

Three Sisters Bake

Threepwood Fayre

Truckle & Loaf

West Coast Coffee.

PLATFORM on Tour traders at Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019:

Bowl Food

Box Office Wood Fired Pizza

Brigston & Co. Artisan Hot Dogs

Chunks Ice Cream Tacos

Crema Caravan

Freddy + Hicks


Ginger + Chilli


Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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