McIntosh Pastaval date announced!

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It’s the day we certainly have been waiting for! We have again partnered with McIntosh of Strathmore to bring back our Mac and Cheese Festival as part of the Southside Fringe. After a year out, McIntosh Pastaval is back! The coverage we’ve received so far has been incredible so we know that others must love macaroni as much as we do! The two previous winners will be taking part this year, along with Buddy’s and two new competitors hoping to win the coveted McIntosh Pastaval trophy and we need the publics’ help to pick the best mac and cheese in the Southside this year.

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The day will begin with participants picking up their Mac and Cheese appreciation pack from the McIntosh Pastaval base at The Butterfly and The Pig South on Kilmarnock Road in Shawlands. Then, using their provided map, attendees visit the participating venues tasting some delicious mac and cheese. Scorecards are provided so that notes can be made on your feelings on the mac and cheese. Return the scorecards at the end of your journey through the McIntosh Pastaval to enter a prize draw for delights such as a meal for two at Buddy’s, McIntosh hamper and much more!

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Previous winner –  The Butterfly and The Pig South

The winning venue will be presented with a suitably cheesy trophy to proudly display that they have been awarded the accolade of the best mac and cheese of McIntosh Pastaval 2017. Previous years’ winners were The Butterfly and The Pig South (2015) and The Waverley Tea Rooms (2014).

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Tickets are £10 per person and are available to buy via from 1st May 2017.

When: Saturday 20th May

Start: 12 noon

Venues taking part include:

The Butterfly And The Pig

Buddy’s Diner

Millbrae Hill Cafe

The Bungo

Waverley Tea Room



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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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  1. G

    might just be me, but WHEN is the this happening? Only date I see is when the tickets go on sale?

    1. Mr Foodie

      Says at the very bottom – Saturday 20th May. I’ll update the page so that it’s clearer

  2. Alison Muir

    Sounds great is it just adults or can I do this with my 9 year old and 11 year old x

    1. Rebekah Reay

      This is what I’d like to know too. My 10yr old would love it!

  3. morag Campbell

    How do we get tickets?

    1. Mr Foodie

      Tickets will get on sale on Monday 1st May available from please keep checking the site!

  4. Mr Foodie

    Hi all, tickets are now available and selling out fast from
    All venues are family-friendly so kids can take part, you are welcome to share your bowl of macaroni with them but if they want a full bowl/score card each then you should purchase children’s tickets (£5 each).

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