The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) has produced a film to support its PGI application and emphasise the importance of the Cornish pasty to Cornwall. The film, which demonstrates the Cornish passion for pasties, will get its first public screening at the Royal Cornwall Show (10th – 12th June) and will then be shown at schools and other venues across the county.
The short film was commissioned to support the CPA’s application for PGI status for the Cornish pasty and comes as the case is published in the Official European Union Journal. This puts the Cornish pasty closer to achieving the same protected status as Champagne. If no objections are raised from other member states (outside the UK) in the next seven months it will mean that only Cornish pasties made in Cornwall and to a traditional recipe will be called ‘Cornish Pasties’.
Larry File, Chairman of the CPA, said; “We wanted to celebrate the Cornish pasty’s rich history, while at the same time leave a legacy for future generations. We know that the film will be enjoyed by Cornish pasty fans of all ages and we look forward to seeing it on screens throughout the county this summer. This is a film for both the Cornish community and tourists who want to learn more about the county’s food heritage.”
The film includes interviews with local people about why the Cornish pasty is important for Cornwall. Elaine Ead, who makes pasties by hand in the traditional manner at the Chough Bakery in Padstow, features alongside a Torpoint farmer, who grows ingredients for the Cornish pasty industry, as well as a modern factory producing the convenience snack. The film is supported by archive footage of tin miners who took a Cornish pasty to work as a tasty lunchtime snack.
Elaine Ead, a CPA committee member and owner of Chough Bakery in Padstow added; “People will be able to watch my demonstration of how to make a genuine Cornish pasty on the film. It has become one of the most popular convenience foods, enjoyed by many people around the world. Yet despite the fact that it has travelled as far as Australia, anyone watching our new film will see the pasty remains an important part of Cornwall’s culinary heritage.”
The video can be viewed online at:
or via the Cornish Pasty Association YouTube channel at:
Issue date: 28th May 2010
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The film will be shown at various venues in Cornwall including the Royal Cornwall Show, tourist spots such as Geevor Tin mine and St Ives Tourist Office and across schools throughout the county.