Coming to Paisley’s Food and Drink Festival? We want to make your day of foodie fun go as smoothly as possible so we’ve taken some time out to answer a few of your most commonly asked questions.

The Event

What time is everything happening?

Paisley Food and Drink Festival takes place on Friday 26 from 4pm to 10pm and Saturday 27 April from 12noon to 9pm. A map will be available online closer to the event.

Do I need a ticket to enter?

No, Paisley Food and Drink Festival is free to enter, you might want to bring some money to get yourself some amazing tasting food.

I’m bringing my kids. What activities are available for them to take part in?

This year’s Food and Drink Festival isn’t just for grown up foodies, there’s plenty on offer for kids to try and taste too!

Grab a seat close to the Live Stage in Abbey Gardens and let your little ones burn off their extra energy dancing to top tunes from Pulse FM and Princesses of Pop Simply Ariana and Little Mix Magic. Plus kids’ favourites Sprog Rock will perform two rocking gigs specially created for fives and under at 1.30pm and 3pm.

There will also be a face painting station set up in Abbey Close from 12noon to 6pm.
We hate seeing tasty grub go to waste, that’s why this year’s traders will be serving up smaller plates for young foodies for half price.

There will be free kids cooking workshops too including food, science, craft and games workshops with Pirate Captain James Tea Cook, Pizza making with the Tennent’s Training Academy and Chocolate making with Limetree Larder. You do need to book in advance for these so make sure you secure your place.

A Sensory Safe Space will also be available in the Lesser Hall of Paisley Methodist Church from 12 noon to 6pm.

I’m bringing a buggy to the event. Will there be somewhere I can store this?
You are welcome to bring a buggy or pram but unfortunately, there is nowhere to store them.

Do I need to book anything in advance?
Places do have to be booked in advance for all workshops and cooking demonstrations however there may be last minute spaces available on the day, so it is always worth checking in with our team on the door in case someone doesn’t turn up.

Please follow each link to book via Eventbrite.

You will not need to book places for any of our live entertainment.

I always come to Paisley Food and Drink Festival. Is there anything new this year?
This years’ festival is set to be the biggest yet with more than 40 traders and vendors to tickle your taste buds. New additions to this year’s festival include PLATFORM on Tour, a dedicated vegan and veggie zone, celebrity chefs MasterChef – The Professionals 2016 winner Gary Maclean and BBC TV’s Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard, Sprog Rock – live interactive gig for kids, and their grown-ups, and the Renfrewshire CAMRA beer tent with more than 70 cask conditioned ales.

Plus, we will have returning festival favourites Gin 71, Rum Shack, Three Sisters Bake and loads more.

I read that this years Beer Festival is cancelled, does that mean there will be no beer at the Food and Drink Festival?

Don’t panic, it wouldn’t be Paisley Food and Drink Festival without beer and this year is no different! Beer lovers will be able to enjoy more than 70 cask conditioned ales, bottled beer from around the world and vegan options in the Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent.

Innis and Gunn will be available in the PLATFORM on Tour tee pees, Burger and Keg will be serving up pints and don’t forget about the Caribbean beer available at the Rum Shack.

What food is going to be available?
You will be able to sample sweet treats and street food from around the world at this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival. Click here for a list of all our traders…there’s over 40 of them so don’t eat before you come!

Do you cater for vegans, vegetarians and other dietary requirements?
Yes, whither you are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, nut free, halal or dairy free we will have something to for all dietary requirements. Check out our event page for up to the minute information on our traders. If you are unsure please speak to our traders, they will be more than happy to talk you through their ingredients and help you with any dietary requirements.

Can I bring my own picnic along?
Sorry, we don’t allow Festival goers to bring their own food, unless you have a special dietary requirement or baby food. We have such a great food and drink offer you won’t be able to say no, even if you tried.

Can I bring my own alcohol?
No, due to strict licensing laws this is strictly prohibited. We have plenty of bars at the Festival for you to pick your favourite tipple because we know all that eating can be thirsty work.

If a festival goer is found to be bringing in alcohol they will be escorted off the premises and their alcohol will be confiscated and only returned once they have left the site.

Paisley Food and Drink Festival operates a zero-tolerance underage drinking policy. The bar operator and Renfrewshire Council will strictly enforce a Challenge 25 policy. If you are unable to produce ID evidencing that you are 18 years old or over when challenged within the Festival site, your alcohol will be confiscated, and you may be asked to leave.
A challenge 25 policy will be in operation on all bars.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes! We love dogs, so bring your furry friends along. All we ask is that you keep them on lead and of course please remember to bring poop bags with you. We do not encourage dogs into any of the marquees or inside the Abbey, for hygiene and safety reasons, with the exception of guide dogs.

NB: Never leave your dog in a car on a hot day.

Will there be free drinking water?
Yes, free drinking water will be available at the children’s workshop area on Abbey Close.

How do I get a trader stand?
The Paisley Food and Drink Festival 2019 is full. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of our other great events this year or to be part of the Paisley Food and Drink Festival in 2020 email events@renfrewshire.gov.uk with details of what you do and a picture of your stall.

Accessibility

Is the Festival wheelchair friendly?
We welcome wheelchair users and we do all we can to ensure comfort and safety for wheelchair users.

We have designated disabled parking as close to the Food and Drink Festival as possible, please see FAQ below. In addition, we have disabled toilets situated in Abbey Close North (near Gauze Street), Bridge Street and Cotton Street.

I have a disability. Where can I park nearby to attend Paisley Food and Drink Festival?

Please be aware that some roads in and around the town centre will be closed ahead of this event. Blue Badge parking spaces are available at the following locations:

Piazza Shopping Centre, Central Way, Paisley PA1 1EL

Paisley Centre Car Park, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2AP

Renfrewshire Council car parks (except Bridge St and Renfrewshire House)

Is there an accessible area where I can see the stage from?
There is no specific viewing platform for the Main Stage for this event.

Where can I find an accessible toilet?
Accessible toilets will be available at Abbey Close, Bridge Street, Cotton Street, and inside Paisley Abbey. In addition, there will be a fully accessible toilet with a hoist and adult sized changing bench situated on Cotton Street on Saturday 27 April.

What support is available at the event for those with additional support needs?
A Sensory Safe Space will be available inside the Lesser Hall of Paisley Methodist Church. This will be available to drop-in from 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday 27 April.

This will be a sensory space specially created for individuals with additional support needs and will feature arts and crafts, musical instruments and lighting, gentle music and soft seating.

Support workers from Disability Resource Centre will be on hand to assist in the space.

How can I access the Lesser Hall at Methodist Central Hall?

Please note you cannot get to the Lesser Central Hall from the Main Entrance on Gauze Street if you are a wheelchair user. Wheelchair access is available from Smithhill Street at Door No.2. When you enter the venue you will find a door on your right leading to the Lesser Central Hall.

Stewards and staff inside the Methodist Central Hall will help to guide you to the room.

Are there accessible toilets near the Lesser Central Halls?

Accessible toilets are situated on the left as you enter the venue from Smithshills St.

Facilities

Will there be free drinking water?
Yes, free drinking water will be available at the children’s workshop area on Abbey Close.

Are there toilets?
Yes, toilets will be available in Abbey Close, Bridge Street, Cotton Street and inside Paisley Abbey.

In addition, there will be a fully accessible toilet with a hoist and adult sized changing bench situated on Cotton Street on Saturday 27 April.

Can I pay by debit or credit card?
Some vendors will accept card payments but we recommend you bring cash with you. If you need to get some money there are a few ATM Cash Machines within easy reach of the Food and Drink Festival. They can be found in Piazza Shopping Centre, St Mirren Brae, the corner of Lawn Street, County Square and of course Paisley High Street.

Where can I park my car?
Free parking is available in all council metered bays after 6.15pm on Friday 26 April and all day on Saturday 27 April.

Paid parking is also available in Paisley Piazza and Paisley Shopping Centre car parks.

When is the last train?
The last train from Paisley to Glasgow Central Station on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April is at 11.59pm. Visit www.scotrail.co.uk for all other train times.

 

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