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Cornish Pasty Week is back!

Cornish Pasty Week is back!

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:30am 23rd February 2020. (Updated at 7:56am 23rd February 2020)

Cornish Pasty Week is back - showcasing Cornwall's culinary triumph across the globe.

Now in its third year, the week celebrates the original on-the-go food that once fuelled hungry Cornish miners but has stood the test of time to become one of the world's best-loved foods and a cornerstone of Cornwall's economy.   

Cornish Pasty Week is running from Sunday 23rd to Saturday 29th February.  

Independent research in 2019 found that the Cornish pasty is one of the most widely recognised foods in Britain and a more recent survey of 2000 people placed eating a Cornish pasty up at number 20 on their ultimate top 50 'bucket list'.  

"We know the Cornish pasty is in a league of its own when it comes to flavour, convenience and heritage, but we are nevertheless always astounded by the way so many people seem to take the Cornish pasty to their hearts.  

"It's definitely got a lot to do with the love there is for this beautiful county, and the happy times people have here, but I believe it's also because it's such an uncomplicated product, filled with fresh, natural, well-balanced ingredients that satisfy the appetite and the soul." 

Jason Jobling, Chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association

pasty - Cornish Pasty Association

This is the first Cornish Pasty Week since the UK left the EU and many people have asked about the impact of Brexit on the PGI - the EU's legal protection that ensures only producers of genuine pasties, made in Cornwall to a specified recipe, can be sold as Cornish pasties. 

The Cornish Pasty Association says the UK will have its own UKGI (Geographical Index) from 1st January 2021.   

"At least as far as sales within the UK are concerned, we're reassured that the scheme will maintain the existing EU protections so it's therefore going to be very much 'business as usual' for us." 

Jason Jobling, Chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association

pasty - Cornish Pasty Association

What is happening in this year's Cornish Pasty Week?

The week features a quest to find the world's fastest crimper and culminates in the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project - a day of fun and entertainment that attracts thousands of visitors every year. 

Each year, Cornish Pasty Week also includes an initiative that reaches the local community.  

In 2019, Cornish Pasty Association members donated pasties to emergency services across the county - from ambulance and fire to lifeboat and blood transport crews - in recognition of the important part they play in all our lives.  

This year, the focus is on those without a permanent home at this bleak time of year.  

All the Cornish pasties made in the heats of the World's Fastest Crimper competition will be given to Coastline Housing's Homeless Service at Pool, while the team from Towergate Insurance at Redruth (supporters of Cornish Pasty Week) will be supplying St Petroc's soup kitchens with pasties during the week. 

You can find more information here.

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