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Cornish Pasty Banter

Posted on 2nd January 2012 in Plymouth Property

The First Cornwall Pasty Championships will be held at the Eden Project, in March this year.

Forget the Olympics or the Euro Championships this year, the main event is going to take place on the 3rd March (the Saturday before St Piran’s Day) at the Eden Project in St Austell, to celebrate the ‘Cornish Pasty’ that was granted protected status under EU Law earlier in 2011.

The origins of the word Pasty date from the 1300’s according to the Oxford English Dictionary, however the Cornish Pasty has been associated with tin miners in the county and was thought to be a traditional meal from the 18th Century.

Phil Ugalde of the Cornish Pasty Association said: “If you know anything about Cornwall, you know that pasty-making is a very emotive subject.

“People feel very proud of it – this was the original fast food.”

Gaynor Coley, managing director of the Eden Project, said: “The pasty is one of the great icons of Cornwall and also one of its best exports, carried in the hands of all those hardy mining families who left this coast and who took their skills – and their favourite food – across the world.”

The Judges will be looking for the best Cornish pasty made to the traditional recipe, and will be looking to have a distinctive ‘D’ shape and be crimped on one side, never on top. The Cornish Pasty Association also stipulate that the filling should also be “chunky, made up of uncooked mince or chunks of beef with swede, potato and onion and a light seasoning”