Paisley Beer and Food Festival

When: Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 April 2017
Cost: Paisley Food Festival - FREE event. Paisley Beer Festival - £6 standard admission (see below for more information)
Where: Abbey Close and Paisley Town Hall

Get ready for a culinary carnival as Paisley gears up for its tastiest food and drink extravaganza.

Scotland’s largest festival of real ale returns and, once again, it’s being served up with a side order of delicious food.

Taking place from Wednesday 19 to Saturday 22 April in Paisley Town Hall the four-day Paisley Beer Festival will celebrate its 30thanniversary in conjunction with St Mirren’s Scottish Cup Win in 1987. Organised by the Renfrewshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), thousands will enjoy over 300 ales, beers, ciders and wines from Scotland, the UK and abroad.

Paisley Beer Festival packages:

  • £6 - Standard admission, includes commemorative programme and festival glass
  • £10 - Intermediate package, includes commemorative programme, festival glass and tokens for three half pints under 4.5%,abv

Please note a £2 discount is available to all CAMRA members.

Paisley Beer Festival tickets are available to purchase on the door on the day of the event.

Paisley Beer Festival opening hours: 
Wednesday 19 April: 5pm to 11pm
Thursday 20 April: 12noon to 11pm 
Friday 21 April: 12noon to midnight
Saturday 22 April: 12noon to 10pm 

Now in its third year, the free one-day food festival will take place on Saturday 22 April from 12noon to 7pm in Abbey Close. The festival will feature celebrity chef Gary Maclean, winner of MasterChef – The Professionals who will host a series of cooking demonstrations throughout the day.  

Showcasing the breadth of Scotland’s vibrant street food scene, traders will be serving the very best seasonal ingredients and sustainably sourced and hand reared produce, including gourmet lamb burgers and outdoor reared pork and apple burgers from The Kitchen Farmer from Duntarrin Farm in Argyll. 

Find out what traders will be at The Paisley Food Festival

Both savoury and sweet pallets will be delighted with tastes from around the world with Indian street food from Bombay Kitchen, exquisite French patisseries from Les Plaisirs d'Odette and the Mighty Mexican brings the taste of Mexico to Scotland with fresh and flavourful meals. Smaller portion sizes for children and a range of halal, gluten free and veggie options will be on offer and  visitors will be able to sample a wide range of craft beers, small batch gins and prosecco on tap.

The cooking demonstration tent offers a jam-packed programme of free demonstrations and workshops around the theme of food and where it comes from, including:

Kids can also take part in hands on cooking fun with free chocolate treat workshops, fruit bouquets and they can even challenge each other on the smoothie bike. It is anticipated that the demand for the demonstrations will be high, so pre-booking is recommended. 

And there’s more! The Slug in a Bottle Craft and Design Market will be there selling an array of quality homeware and gift ideas from Scottish based designers. A live music stage will feature some of the best local bands and The Voice UK finalists, Into the Ark. Children’s entertainer and CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth will be providing plenty of giggling, sing-a-long songs, games, stories and a healthy dose of bottom wiggling.

A full list of traders for Paisley Beer and Food Festival is available here.

Follow Paisley 2021 on Facebook and @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram for up to date information.

Adult workshops                                          






Gary Maclean Cooking Demonstration

Prepare a showstopping dinner with Gary from MasterChef 

Fully booked - join the waiting list


Bottle of Ginger Fermentation Workshop

Make your own healthy non alcoholic ginger 

Fully booked - join the waiting list


Julie & Jimmy from STV's Hot Wok TV programme 

Fresh Asian food - Break away from the take away!

Fully booked - join the waiting list


A' Challtainn Fish Demonstration

Conquering the fear of fish! Healthy fish fingers and much more!

Fully booked - join the waiting list


Gary Maclean Cooking Demonstration

Prepare a showstopping dinner with Gary from MasterChef 

Fully booked - join the waiting list



Gary Maclean Cooking Demonstration

Prepare a showstopping dinner with Gary from MasterChef 

Fully booked - join the waiting list

Kids workshops      





Every half hour from 12noon to 5pm

Children’s chocolate workshops by Lime Tree Larder

Decorate a handmade milk chocolate bar, learn about chocolate and taste different types of chocolate from around the world and take the chocolate challenge and try 100% pure chocolate if you are willing! 

Suitable for age 5 years and over. 

Fully booked - join the waiting list

Every hour from 12noon to 6pm

Children's Fruit Bouquet Workshops by Yoyo Events and Promotions

Eat a rainbow and feel great with our fruit bouquet workshop. Children can experience the taste and delights of making their own fruit kebabs and mini fruit bouquets.

Fully booked - join the waiting list

Various times from 12noon to 4.30pm

Children's Pizza Making Workshops by Tennent's Training Academy

Don your aprons and get messy as you make your own dough from scratch, then pick your own pizza toppings and make your own pizza.

Fully booked - join the waiting list

Road Closures

To allow time for event set up, some road closures will come into effect from Friday 22 April onwards. Details of the road closures are:

  • 0001 hours on Friday 21 April until 2359 hours on Saturday 22 April – Abbey Close will be closed
  • 1800 hours on Friday 21 April until 2359 hours on Saturday 22 April – Bridge Street will be closed

During this time, parking will also be suspended in these areas.

Paisley Restaurant Week 

Paisley Restaurant Week is back…and in 2017, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. From a quick bite at lunch to great value pub grub, from sizzling steaks to the very best of Spanish and Italian cuisine…you can find it all, right in the heart of Paisley.

Businesses taking part include Abbey Fish and Chips, Allan’s Snack Bar, Antica, Bankhouse, Blend Coffee, Burger and Keg, Cardosi’s, Castlevecchi, Fresh Fusion, Genova, Hamishes Hoose, Kennedys, Kilty Kilty, La Rambla, Leisureland, Mad Hatter’s Coffee House, Deli Malatso, Nibbles Sandwich Bar, Saporito Restaurants, Ta Ta Bella’s Tearoom, Thai Siam Paisley, The Little Steakhouse and Saporito Coffee which is being rebranded as Bianco e Nero.

Check out to see what deals and discounts are available during Paisley Restaurant Week.


Get In Touch

Renfrewshire Leisure
11 Christie Street

Tel: 0300 300 0250