Paisley Food and Drink Festival proved a real hit as 17,000 people turned out to sample some of the best produce and street food from across Scotland at the two-day event.
The festival, which took place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April, attracted crowds from Renfrewshire and beyond to Abbey Close and Bridge Street for one of the most popular events in the town’s calendar.
Visitors were able sample more than 30 fantastic traders, licensed bars, the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent, live music, entertainment and much more in the stunning surroundings of Paisley Abbey.
The popular Platform independent street food market returned to Paisley Food and Drink Festival, bringing a range of traders for foodies to enjoy across the two days, including Kochchi Sri Lankan Street Food, Nom Nam, Hector & Harriet artisan food, coffee & cocktails, Shawarmarama, and The Peruvian – British Street Food Award Winner 2020.
Festival-goers could unwind with cutting-edge cocktails in the giant stretch tents, packed with colourful furniture and tunes from the Platform DJs.
Kathryn McCormick, General Manager at Platform, said: “We had a fantastic weekend with our Platform on Tour area at Paisley Food and Drink Festival – and the crowd were just as happy to be back out enjoying this fab festival. A lovely bunch of people, great food, drinks and music. We can’t wait to come back next year!”
Other great stalls included Scozzese woodfired pizza, Brigston & Co. artisan hot dogs, and Churros Barcelona, while the unique Fizzbuz prosecco van and local favourites Café Fairfull, the Paisley Drinks Co, Gatehouse Coffee Roasters, Brew and Porelli Loop and Scoop delighted crowds.
The popular Rum Shack was also on hand to provide a Caribbean twist to the opening evening’s experience with their resident DJs and festival favourites Samson Sounds at the live stage, before a brilliant day of live music and entertainment on Saturday programmed by Paisley’s famous The Bungalow venue.
There was also a top line-up of bands, cover acts and solo performers to enjoy at The Keg Stage & Bar, including singing sensation Tom Urie and his Piano Jukebox.
Beer enthusiasts could sample a range of over 40 craft conditioned ales and craft beers at the Renfrewshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Beer Tent on both Friday and Saturday.
There was lots of fun for kids and families too with hands-on foodie workshops, including pizza making with Hub International, chocolate making with Limetree Larder and terracotta pot painting with CamperPlants, as well as thrilling street entertainers around the festival grounds.
Sarah Hill from Glasgow said: “I love coming to Paisley for the Food and Drink Festival. It’s always a great mix of CAMRA beer, tasty treats and friendly faces. Highlights for me this year were frozen strawberry daiquiris – even if it was raining – and Green Day tribute band ‘Groin Day’ at The Keg Stage & Bar the end of the day. I’ll be back next year.”
Paisley Food and Drink Festival is the first major event in Renfrewshire Council’s 2022 calendar. Other fantastic events taking place across Renfrewshire this spring and summer include Sma‘ Shot Day on Saturday 2 July and Renfrew Pipe Band Competition on Saturday 23 July.