Cornish Pasty Week has another successful year
PUBLISHED: 13:05 04 March 2019
The not-so-humble Cornish pasty proved its worth to Cornwall and the world last week as Cornish Pasty Week touched the hearts of people across the globe
During the week, the Cornish Pasty Association, the not-for-profit collective of Cornish pasty-makers who organise the week, saw messages pour in from pasty-lovers as far away as Mexico, South Australia, Canada, Bermuda and the United States as people got behind the week, many of them having a go at making their own pasties at home following the Association’s recipe.
On home turf, the Association sent life size costume characters, Mr and Mrs Pasty, on a Grand Tour of Cornwall. Travelling from Land’s End to the Tamar, they stopped off to showcase a number of Cornwall’s classic landmarks on their way. They also made a point of dropping in on some of the county’s crucial emergency and rescue services with deliveries of hot Cornish pasties, in recognition of the important part these people play in our communities.
The first stop was West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance, where NHS staff received a thank you from Warrens Bakery of St Just. Then on Tuesday, Pete Symonds of Portreath Bakery, whose father worked in the ambulance service, paid a visit to Redruth Ambulance Station, while Prima Bakeries of Scorrier provided welcome sustenance for the crew at Tolvaddon Fire Station.
Cornwall Air Ambulance and the RNLI, two services very close to Cornish hearts, were also on the itinerary. Cornish Premier Pasties of St Columb called in to the Air Ambulance base and the Chough Bakery provided pasties for the lifeboat station at Trevose Head.
Last stop was Cornwall Blood Bikes, a volunteer out of hours service for transporting essential blood supplies, who received pasties from Helluva Pasties near Callington.
Jason Jobling, Chair of the Cornish Pasty Association, explained the thinking behind the move: “We often describe the Cornish pasty as Cornwall’s hero food, so we wanted to use this week of celebration as an opportunity to recognise the real life heroes who save lives and do so much selfless work to keep our communities safe and well.”
Paula Martin, Chief Executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “We were delighted to be a stop on the pasty tour of Cornwall - the crew certainly enjoyed a pasty after a busy morning. Cornwall Air Ambulance is a vital service to the people of Cornwall, and it’s great to be recognised for that as we celebrate all things Cornish this week.”
Another new move for Cornish Pasty Week was the competition to find the world’s fastest crimper. In a round of fiercely competitive heats at Heartlands during the week, four finalists were selected to compete for the title on the stage at the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project. The winner was Ingrida Sauguniene of Rowes, crimping an astonishing 13 pasties in 2 minutes against strict criteria including ensuring that each pasty had a minimum of 18 crimps.
The week ended with what has become a key activity for the Cornish Pasty Association – teaching the art of pastymaking to the next generation. Every year at the World Pasty Championships, hundreds of children line up to have a go at making their very own pasty with the help of one of the Association’s volunteers.
Jason Jobling explained why this is so important: “Very little in our calendar beats seeing the pride and delight on the faces of the youngsters and they tuck into the fruits of their labours – straight from a paper bag of course. For most of them it’s the first time they will have encountered the process. For us it’s a critical part of what the Association is all about – sharing the love and heritage of the Cornish pasty and ensuring its place in Cornwall’s culture continues.”