We are delighted to have Emma and Mark over at Foodie Explorers , organisers of the beloved Pastaval, on board as a part of our Plugged In & Wired virtual festival.

They're this Sunday's guest bloggers and with a Focus on Food, let us know what's hot and where to look out for on the Southside culinary scene. We hope you enjoy....

The Southside Fringe might not have Pastaval this year, more on that later, but we can celebrate the best of Southside Glasgow’s food & drink scene and talent by supporting local businesses who have kept going through these crazy times and by participating in internet events, whether that be, Facebook or Zoom or some other means.

We have our cocktail shaker at the ready to join Andy Mundy. Andy’s cocktail making skills will be on display with an online video showing that you too can make fantastic cocktails at home, without being overly complex, time-consuming or expensive. Learn how to bring out the flavours from spirits and dazzle your friends (when we are allowed to have get-togethers again) and Southside BBQs will rock to the sounds of cocktail shakers this year.

It can never be said that the past year hasn’t been a struggle for everyone, however, Southside businesses have risen above and beyond to keep us fed and watered. Shout outs to Cafe Strangebrew, Toro, Deanston Bakery and Big Bear for almost making lockdown bearable (pun intended!) with tasty treats, fabulous coffee and the best banter. Pizza seems to have taken over Glasgow the way hamburgers did a few years ago. Canotto in Cathcart has introduced Detroit-style slices to the city, that is rectangular with a thick, crisp and chewy crust. More pizzas can be found with Crossmyloof Bakery Pizzaria at The Glad Cafe at weekends and venturing South from North Glasgow are Rockville who have settled into Clockwork