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The Paisley Food and Drink Festival is taking a different shape for 2021 – with an online programme across nine days this April.

The festival will take place from Friday 16 to Saturday 24 April and will showcase the rich diversity of Renfrewshire’s food and drink offer through a series of short films and a menu of interactive experiences, including online cooking demonstrations, tastings, workshops and more.

As part of the festival, Renfrewshire Council is working with culture and lifestyle publication Mill Magazine to produce a series of short films shining a spotlight on local food and drink businesses and the range of cuisine available across the area’s towns and villages.

The ‘Taste of Renfrewshire’ videos will be screened online across the nine days alongside a programme of virtual experiences for food and drink lovers to enjoy.

Gantry Paisley will host a virtual gin tasting evening on Friday 23 April with new local producer Tear Drop Gin.

Inchinnan’s Barnhill Farm will also stage a variety of farm to table experiences across the festival with online cooking demonstrations.

Plus, there’s more than just foodie experiences to enjoy over the nine days, as Paisley’s bar and venue The Bungalow hosts an online evening of music and cocktail making on Saturday 24 April.

Enjoy performances from The Vegan Leather, Tom McGuire and The Brassholes, Skaledonia, John Rush and Well Happy Band alongside tips on how to make some of your favourite cocktails by local businesses The Gantry, The Lane, The Swan, The Gleniffer Hotel in Paisley and The Brown Bull in Lochwinnoch.

The festival is also working closely with local takeaway website and app Paisley Eats to help promote businesses across Renfrewshire. Food outlets who would like to put forward a special dish or offer can do so as members of the Paisley Eats App or through the website.

Regular Paisley Food and Drink Festival partners The Rum Shack and Three Sisters Bake are back for this year’s online event with a special Rum Shack Takeover evening of rum tastings, live bands and Caribbean cooking and cocktail making on Friday 16 April and an exclusive Three Sisters Bake-along live on Friday 23 April.

Zero Waste Scotland will also showcase several online cooking demonstrations during the festival as part of its Love Food Hate Waste campaign, including MasterChef – The Professionals 2016 winner Gary Maclean’s top tips for cooking with kids, recipes for two special eco-friendly cocktails and advice on how to avoid wasting good food.

More programme details for this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival will be announced online in the coming weeks. Follow @paisleyis on Facebook and @paisleyfoodanddrink on Instagram for the latest updates.

Discover more Information on the events and how to get involved in the interactive experiences and online cooking demonstrations.