Everything you need to know about Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2018

Everything you need to know about Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2018

Gin tasting, celebrity demonstrations, street food from Leith's Pitt market and more

For the first time ever, Paisley's spring Food and Drink Festival will take place over two days, running on Fri 27 & Sat 28 Apr by Paisley Abbey.

Paisley have promised that this year's festival will be bigger and better than ever before, in attempt to raise awareness of the area's internationally-significant heritage for the the 2021 UK City of Culture bid.

As always, the event will celebrate some of the country's best produce and most popular street food vendors, but there will also be a chance to get involved in a number of different activities. A celebrity chef (announced soon) will lead cookery demonstrations, giving visitors the opportunity to learn new skills, while kids can take part in a series of free workshops and giant lawn games.

There will be gin tasting sessions from Gin71, an award winning bar chain and founders of the UK's first dedicated gin spa. Sample Arbikie, Gin Bothy, Isle of Harris and other Scottish craft gins in the 'gin palace', or chat to different producers at 'Meet the Maker' sessions.

The Food and Drink Festival also runs alongside Paisley's Real Ale Festival – running from Wed 25-Sat 28 Apr – offering over 100 cask ales, as well as cider, mead, wine and a selection of international beers. Karen Moore, one of the organisers from the Campaign for Real Ale, said 'We will have beers from local breweries like Kelburn and Jaw, as well as many others from all over the UK. There will also be food available to soak up the beer from our ever-popular Sausage and Crepe stall and a new addition, the "Aye Love Real Food" stall this year'.

Edinburgh's popular street food market The Pitt (and winners of the Scottish Street Food Awards) will gather together some of Scotland's best street food trucks and traders to keep festival goers fuelled at the two day event. Expect grub from Barnacles & Bones, Bruadair, The Buffalo Truck, Harajuku Kitchen and The Crema Caravan. Other vendors include Babu Kitchen, Mighty Mexican, Linton and Co Coffee, Scozzese Pizza and Sharma Street Food. Children's portions are available and dietary requirements will be catered to when possible.

Full details about vendors, workshops, demonstrations and other activities will be released closer to the event. Tickets for Gin71's tasting sessions are £25 per person which includes six samples with expert advice on the perfect mixer and garnish for each. Book now at the Gin71 website.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival, Abbey Close, Fri 27 & Sat 28 Apr

Paisley Food and Drink Festival

A celebration of the best that Scotland's larder has to offer with plenty of food-related fun. The festival heads online in 2021 with nine days of online cooking demonstrations, virtual tasting sessions, music and cocktail making events and interactive workshops.