A celebration of the Cornish pasty will be held in by the harbour in Padstow on Monday (28th November 2011) to mark the Cornish pasty officially achieving protected food name status. Organised by The Chough Bakery, Padstow, and supported by the Cornish Pasty Association (CPA), this unique celebration of Cornwall’s iconic food for all family will run between 3pm and 8pm.
A packed programme of events is planned including performances from Cornwall’s very own Fisherman’s Friends, ‘Fastest Crimper in the West’ competition and lots of children entertainment.
The Cornish pasty gained its PGI status from the European Commission in February this year and this means that only Cornish pasties made in Cornwall following a traditional recipe can be sold as ‘Cornish pasties’. A genuine Cornish pasty has a distinctive ‘D’ shape and is crimped on one side, never on top. The texture of the filling for the pasty is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato and onion and a light peppery seasoning.
Elaine Ead, Owner of The Chough Bakery, comments: “We are delighted to be holding the first of many events to celebrate the iconic dish, and we welcome everyone along to join the celebration.”
Mark Muncey, Chairman of the CPA, adds: “The Cornish pasty was awarded a Protected Geographical Indication status (PGI) earlier this year and the Pasty Day on 28th November is a perfect opportunity for Cornish pasty makers to celebrate this recognition of uniqueness from the European Union with the people of Cornwall. We are encouraging local pasty fans to join us in this fantastic day full of attractions, entertainment and fun for all the family.”
The event will be filmed and shown as part of a new BBC2 primetime series to be aired in spring 2012.
Cornish Pasty Day programme of events
15.30 Crimping demo and face painting
16.30 Children’s entertainer
17.00 Crimping Contest ‘Fastest Crimper in the West’
18.00 Speeches from the Cornish Pasty Association
18.30 Crimping Contest part II
18.50 Cornish music and dancing
19.20 Fisherman’s Friends
ENDS Issue date: 25th November 2011
For more information about the event please contact: Rachel Carmichael, Researcher C/O Two Four Broadcast on 01752 727 635 or [email protected]
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