Pastaval 2018 Date Announced

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Pastaval returns for 2018!

We have again partnered with McIntosh of Strathmore to bring back our famous Mac and Cheese Festival as part of the Southside Fringe.

Last year’s winner, The Bungo, are rolling up their sleeves and ready for the challenge of keeping their trophy for The Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Want to help pick this year’s winner – tickets can be purchased here.

Pastaval 2018 launch the bungo

We have two new competitors hoping to win the coveted McIntosh Pastaval trophy this year and we need the publics’ help to pick the best mac and cheese in the Southside this year.

McIntosh Pastaval Foodie explorers Southside Fringe 2017
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 and maybe getting a photo with Mr Macaroni!

McIntosh Pastaval Foodie explorers Southside Fringe 2017Scorecards are provided so that notes can be made on your true feelings about each mac and cheese. Return the scorecards at the end of your journey through the McIntosh Pastaval HQ to enter a prize draw for delights such as a meal at Hickory Steakhouse  or a McIntosh hamper filled with goodies.

McIntosh Pastaval Foodie explorers Southside Fringe 2017
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 2018. Previous years’ winners were: The Bungo (2017), The Butterfly and The Pig South (2015) and The Waverley Tea Rooms (2014).

Pastaval 2018 launch the bungo

Who will win this year?

Tickets are £10 per person and are available to buy HERE  You’ll need to buy a ticket beforehand to take part.

Note that all venues have confirmed that they will have vegetarian friendly mac ‘n’ cheese but sadly we can’t accommodate vegans.

All venues are dog-friendly too so feel free to take your pooch with you.


Saturday 5th May from 12 noon until 6pm – with the winner announced at the Pastaval after party at 6:30pm at The Butterfly and The Pig South.

Venues taking part are:

Hickory Steakhouse

Surf Dogs

The Bungo

The Butterfly And The Pig




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. Stuart Mcclymont
    Stuart Mcclymont

    How do you buy tickets for this event?
    Have been all over this web page and can’t find any link to ticket page which is very frustrating as had same problem last year which meant we missed out.
    Please can someone urgently assist us.

    1. Mr Foodie

      Hi Stuart, tickets on sale ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>here

  2. Stuart McClymont
    Stuart McClymont

    Surf Dogs were robbed as in my opinion easily the best macaroni today.

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