CORNWALL’S culinary gift to the world is being celebrated across the country with the first-ever Cornish Pasty Week, which is taking place this week.
The big week began on Sunday when a delegation including a giant Mr and Mrs Pasty took the GWR Night Riveria Sleeper service to London Paddington to bring the west’s favourite food to the capital.
On Monday, Mr and Mrs Pasty were taken on an open-top bus tour of London, visiting landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column and the London Eye.
From pasties at the Palace to pasties at Westminster, everything will be captured and posted on the Cornish Pasty Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages, using #CornishPastyWeek
The Cornish Pasty Association, the trade association behind this initiative, will host a reception at the Houses of Parliament with Camborne and Redruth MP and farming minister George Eustice.
Pasty producers and members of the Association will have the chance to discuss the economic importance of the Cornish pasty industry.
Throughout Cornish Pasty Week, producers, bakers, shops, staff and customers will all be joining in. Promotions and competitions will include the #pastysmile – the ubiquiman tous posting of pasty selfies on social media.
Cornish Pasty Association chair ubiquiman Jason Jobling said: “The Cornish pasty is a local, national and international food hero.
“The first-ever Cornish Pasty Week will celebrate its fabulous history and heritage and the vital part it plays in our economy.”
Pasty action includes:
* Brian Etherington’s in Redruth will be producing the largest pasty for the #pastysmile campaign.
* On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, free pasties are being given away by Proper Cornish on select GWR trains from Bodmin Parkway.
* Warren’s Bakery will be promoting their “pasty passport” and a school competition to design a new flavour.
* Let them Eat will be delivering hot fresh pasties to the homeless and making donations to local food banks.
* Prima Bakeries will be running a Facebook competition to win a box of pasties.
Cornish Pasty Week has grown out of the World Pasty Championships held at the Eden Project every year on the nearest Saturday before St Piran’s Day.
The grand finale of the week will be the seventh championships at Eden on Saturday, March 3, when pastymakers will descend from around Cornwall, the UK and the world.
– At least 120 million Cornish pasties are made each year.
– Cornish producers generate around £300m worth of trade for the Cornish economy.
– This is around 20% of the total turnover of Cornwall’s food and drink sector.
– At least 2,000 people work in pasty production.
– Pasty-makers spend at least 25% of their turnover within the local economy.
– As much as £15m is paid to Cornish farmers for ingredients for pasties.
– The Cornish Pasty Association administers the PGI designation which was granted in 2011 by the European Union, placing the pasty alongside other famous foods linked to specific geographical regions.
– Famously the crust, or crimped edge of the past, was used as a handle to hold the pasty with.