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April 23, 2019

Taking place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, the event is one of the largest outdoor food and drink events in Scotland.

Most of the action is centred around Abbey Close with more than 40 street food vendors and traders selling their wares.

Ten of them will be under the banner of PLATFORM on Tour, the independent street food market which usually resides in the Argyle Street Arches, Glasgow. This will be their first outdoor tour date of the year.

PLATFORM traders coming to the festival include British Street Food Awards finalist Ginger and Chilli; Brigston & Co. Artisan Hot Dogs; Winners of the Scottish Street Food People's Choice Award 2017 Shrimpwreck and delicious desserts from Crema Caravan.

Best street food traders in Scotland  

Hilary Goodfellow, Project Manager for PLATFORM on Tour said: 'Platform is a community of some of the very best street food traders in Scotland, and we love taking our traders out on tour. We are bringing a brilliant selection of genuinely authentic traders to the festival, all with the same objective: to provide tasty, seasonal food that is sourced sustainably at an affordable price.

'We have handpicked a delicious range of food with everything from artisan hot dogs to wood-fired pizza, golden arancini, crispy calamari and ice-cream tacos! As a buddie myself, I can’t wait to bring PLATFORM on Tour to Paisley Food & Drink Festival, it’s a great event and offers something for all the family.'

Vegetarians and vegans are well catered for and there will be picnic areas in the grounds of Paisley’s historic Abbey.

The Renfrewshire CAMRA Beer Tent will be on Bridge Street with around 70 cask conditioned ales and craft beers available.

Thirsty visitors could also drop by the Fizzbuz Prosecco van or the popular Rum Shack. Gin71 will be running tastings and Dispensary Bar will be mixing up the cocktails.

Naturally, there will be live music and DJs. We're looking forward to Stepz, Little Mix Magic and Simply Ariana. Although we might keep our powder dry for Esperanza, the ska headliners.

Love Food Hate Waste  

Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, will be giving tips on how to cut food waste.

Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals 2016, will be giving tips on how to cut food waste.

Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign will be getting their message across on the Saturday.

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.

Visitors will be able to learn valuable cooking tips from the professionals to reduce waste.

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.

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.'

Entry is free. More info here.