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EAST Renfrewshire’s feastRen got off to a cracking start at the weekend with a Café Randolph pop up in the lobby of Whole Foods Market in Gifford.

Shoppers were treated to a delicious tasting menu and a glass of Prosseco.

Marketing team leader at Whole Foods Market David Craig said: “We have been run off our feet trying to keep up with demand for a seat at the bar and have run an overflow in our café area.

“This is a great start to the festival and certainly bodes well for the feastRen Festival Weekend in Eastwood Park this weekend coming.

“Good weather is expected and will bring out the crowds”.

John Quigley – the Rock tour chef – had the masses enthralled with his Cooking for the Crowd paella demonstration at Whitelee Windfarm.

John held the 40-strong crowd captive with his tales of cooking for the likes of Tina Turner and Bryan Adams while also sharing culinary tips with the small, intimate audience.

East Renfrewshire council’s events convener, councillor Tony Buchanan, said: “Great paella and a stunning backdrop.

“What a cracking night for everyone and I am reliably told that 700 turned out for the Farmers’ Market at Whitelee on Sunday. The visitor centre reported its busiest day so far this year.

“It certainly seems that feastRen Food and Drink events are pulling the crowds”.

New deli and wine shop, Pane E Vino on Fenwick Road, was also packing them in with a feastRen event on Monday night.

Owner Piero Sarti said: “I am delighted and so are all our new customers.

“We had a really busy night and I have just found out I have been nominated in the Best Newcomer category for the feastRen Awards Ceremony with Tam Cowan on Sunday night at Eastwood Park Theatre”.

Local band, Southside Story, have also just discovered they will be playing at the feastRen Food and Drink Festival Weekend in Eastwood Park at the weekend where they will be support for well-known cover band Velvet 5.