National Cornish Week and Pasties to Parliament
This week has been an emotional whirlwind of excitement, angst and exclamation!
As most of you will know, Helluva Pasties is a very small business and relatively young as well in the world of pasty making. We may well be small but with the same, we are mighty! This week we have flexed our crimping credentials, we have stepped out of the county and followed Trelawney’s path taking our pasties all the way to the capital to teach the world and all who would listen about our Cornish food heritage.
This week has seen the launch of the first ever National Cornish Pasty Week. As a fully fledged and authenticated member of the Cornish Pasty Association, we were invited to join a reception held at the Houses of Parliament to endorse and acclaim our Cornish Pasties as the national treasures that they deserve to be recognised as.
For the MP’s and delegates who joined us, there was little effort required in convincing them that an authentic Cornish Pasty is worth protecting. It took eight long years to include the Cornish Pasty as a food item of Protected Geographical Indication status (PGI) and it is imperative to carry this forward after the conclusion of Brexit.
The press coverage on both national and local TV, radio and in newspapers up and down the country was a welcome boost to put our pasties proudly at the forefront to our consumers.
Midweek and midway through our first ever National Cornish Pasty week, the country was ground to a halt with the ‘Beast from the East’ shrouding most of the country with plummeting temperatures and sudden deep snow drifts. The advice from the highways agencies and emergency services was ‘not to travel’ so we made the decision to close our bakery and sales outlets for Thursday and Friday in order to keep our staff and customers safe.
On Saturday as the finale to National Cornish Pasty Week, the Eden Project confirmed that the roads had thawed sufficiently for safe travel and the World Pasty Championships would be going ahead as planned. This was the seventh year running of the acclaimed ‘Oggy Oscars’ with a record numbers of entries received. Despite the weeks weather, entrants from Canada, Austria and America came to stake their claim to be an accredited outer county crimper. Duncan James of Radio Cornwall was broadcasting live from the championships and interviewed us live as a smaller producer in a big industry.
The ladies from Helluva Pasties were warmly welcomed with lots of positive mentions by the judges and organisers but sadly no honours this time. Carry on crimping ladies – we know as well as our customers, that we make a decent pasty!
Breaking news: There is now the opportunity to vote for your favourite pasty this week. Cornwall live is hosting ‘Cornwall loves’ a culmination the counties favourites including paties! We’ve been voted into the top ten and now need the support of our followers to click on the link and select Helluva Pasties as their favourite:
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I’m delighted to report that National Cornish Pasty Week will now be an annual occurrence – as if an excuse was needed to pick up a pasty?!