Media release: ‘Macintosh Pastaval’ draws the crowds to Glasgow’s Southside


THE third Mac and Cheese festival – held as part of the Southside Fringe – took place on Saturday (May 20), with over 250 visitors drawn to the Shawlands area of Glasgow.

Food and travel bloggers, Emma Mykytyn and Mark Murphy, partnered with McIntosh of Strathmore and five local venues to create a ‘mac-and-cheese crawl’.

Lovers of the cheesy pasta worked their way around the Southside, eating at The Butterfly and The Pig South, The Bungo, Millbrae Hill Cafe, Waverley Tearoom and Buddy’s.

At the end of their visit, they handed in their scorecards to Emma and Mark, who counted up the scores and announced the winner of the McIntosh Pastaval Southside Fringe 2017.

Participants voted on The Bungo as the ‘best Mac and Cheese’ with a close fight for second and third place between Waverley Tearoom and Millbrae Hill Cafe.

Mr Macaroni, from McIntosh of Strathmore, was the star of the day. The popular mascot toured the venues trying out the mac and cheese whilst stopping for photographs, including with Scotland’s finest – Police Scotland!

Says Emma Mykytyn: “Due to the support of everyone involved – including ticket holders, venues and McIntosh of Strathmore – we are donating to ‘Yes Chef!’, which is a programme that sees six young men, supported by Action for Children‘s ‘Moving On’ service, learning to cook from scratch before preparing a meal for hundreds of guests at a top hotel in Glasgow.

“These young men, who spent time in prison at an early age, are being supported by the charity to transform their lives, learn new skills and hopefully gain employment.”

The final results were:

1st – The Bungo
2nd – Waverley Tearooms
3rd – Millbrae Hill Cafe
4th – Butterfly and the Pig South
5th – Buddy’s


Notes for editors:

Pastaval started in 2014 and also took place in 2015 with a break in 2016 returning for 2017. Bloggers Emma Mykytyn and Mark Murphy started Pastaval to run as part of the Southside Fringe encouraging visitors to the Shawlands area.

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McIntosh of Strathmore have partnered with Foodie Explorers for McIntosh Pastaval 2017 and 2015
Twitter – @mcintoshfoods
Instagram – @McIntoshofStrathmore
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Details of participating venues:

The Butterfly and The Pig South
1039 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow
Instagram – @butterflyandpigshawlands
Twitter – @butterflyandthepig

The Bungo
17 – 21 Nithsdale Rd, Glasgow
Instagram- @thebungo
Twitter – @thebungo

Millbrae Hill Cafe
39 Millbrae Rd, Glasgow
Instagram – @millbraehill

Waverley Tearoom
18 Moss Side Rd, Glasgow
Instagram – @waverleytearooms
Twitter – @waverleytearoom

677 – 681 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow
Instagram – @buddysglasgow
Twitter – @buddysglasgow

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