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PHOTOS: Cornwall's first pasty museum opens

PHOTOS: Cornwall's first pasty museum opens

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:56pm 15th August 2017. (Updated at 3:07pm 15th August 2017)

A new multi-million pound atttraction has opened in Cornwall... and it is all about the county's favourite food.

Cornucopia is the UK's very first interactive Cornish Pasty Heritage Centre and has finally opened its doors at the St Austell Bay Retail and Leisure Park.

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The centre is being dubbed a 'total celebration of everything that makes Cornwall's food and drink so special'.

And it isn't just about pasties - bosses say it is also a look at the county's rich heritage and influence that stretches through the globe.

Free to enter and open seven days a week, the site offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in interactive exhibits, which unveil the story behind the Cornish pasty, as well as discovering the links with the tin and copper mining industry.

For all pasty enthusiasts, there is the opportunity to take a Pasty Tasting Tour with a Cornucopia Pasty Ambassador (a paid-for option which lasts around 30 mintues).

Budding bakers might also take a minute to enjoy the 'Make and Bake' experience, teaching them the art of making a real Cornish pasty.

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But for those not-so-pasty-lovers, there is also a selection of food and drink from across the Duchy, offering things like Cornish wines, beers and ciders at Mr Small's Cornish Taphouse, as well as rustic pizzas from the Kernow Pizza Company and locally-grown tea.

And that isn't forgetting the hand-made ice creams from Tall Ships Creamery, with unique flavours such as 'Aquatic Seaweed and Lemon', 'Bacon and Pancakes' and 'Sundried Tomato and Olive' (but don't worry, there are still normal ones too).

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General manager Trevor Broome said: "As a county, we've got so much to be proud of with our food and drink producers - their influence can be felt far and wide and their award cabinets are bursting at the seams. Couple this with the historical and vibrant setting of Cornwall and we believe that it's unmatched anywhere else in the UK.

"We're not a food hall, it's totally immersive and encourages visitors to get involved, whether it's taking part in the classes in the Make and Bake Kitchen, learning new recipes or how to match Cornish drinks with food with our resident experts.

"Cornucopia Live will also play host to an all-year-long, packed calendar of events and entertainment that will include live performances on our purpose-built stage. With a range of acts, we'll offer music, comedy and specialist events. There will be a lot on offer."

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As expected, there's a bakery offering pasties straight from the oven - with a wide choice of pasties available, including a specially-developed Cornucopia steak pasty, a Mexican pasty made in tribute to Real del Monte, the location of the world's first pasty museum and a sweet pasty.

The local-made Marion brand of gluten-free pasties are also available from the bakery.

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Trevor added: "In addition to the market hall, we've also greatly expanded an existing family play attraction that we've renamed Cornucopia Family Adventure and this offers all-weather adventure play for people of all ages, so whether they want to eat, shop or play, there's something for the whole family."

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