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National Pasty Week

Join the tasty tradition, it's National Pasty Week! Celebrate rich heritage while savoring this hearty and delectable treat.
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Get your taste buds ready! National Pasty Week begins on February 27, and it's the ideal time to savor and appreciate the culinary delight that is the pasty. This delicious pastry, traditionally packed with a savory filling of meat and vegetables, traces its roots back to 13th Century England, where it was favored by royalty and miners alike. Through the years, the pasty has traveled around the globe, adapting to different cultures and taste preferences, without losing its traditional essence. Join us in celebrating National Pasty Week and luxuriate in the piquant history and diverse flavors it brings to the table. It’s not just about indulging in a gastronomic feast, but also about appreciating an age-old tradition that continues to warm hearts and bellies alike!

History of National Pasty Week

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National Pasty Week Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1300s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pasty's Royal Beginnings</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pasty, the savory pastry, can trace its historical roots back to 13th century England, where it was a favorite among royalty.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1700s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cornish Miners' Staple</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 18th century, the pasty became a staple diet of Cornish tin miners due to its portability and hearty filling.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pasty Emigration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Cornish miners took the pasty with them to other mining communities around the globe in the 19th century, leading to regional adaptations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'> "Oggy" Gaining Popularity</div><div class='timeline-text'>The term "Oggy", slang for a Cornish pasty in Cornwall gets popularized in the 1960s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2002</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pasty Gets Protected Status</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Cornish pasty is granted protected geographical indication (PGI) status by the European Union in 2002, protecting it from imitations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Pasty Week</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first National Pasty Week celebrated on February 27, 2011, to appreciate the culinary delight and its rich tradition.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Pasty Week

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bake your own pasties</h3><p class='facts-text'>Nothing says celebration quite like homemade goodies. Look up some traditional pasty recipes or create your own with your favorite ingredients and get to baking! Include family or friends for a fun communal activity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Visit a local bakery or cafe that offers Pasties</h3><p class='facts-text'>Enjoy the flavors of professionally made pasties from local eateries, exploring the different types they have to offer. Be sure to express your appreciation to the bakers during your visit.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Host a Pasty tasting party</h3><p class='facts-text'>What better way to enjoy this wonderful food than sharing it with friends? Invite everyone to make or buy a different type of pasty, then host a pasty tasting extravaganza!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Learn about the history of Pasties</h3><p class='facts-text'>Take some time out to learn about the origins and historical significance of pasties. This could be through reading books, researching online, or even visiting a food museum if there's one nearby.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Support local businesses</h3><p class='facts-text'>Many local businesses and bakeries rely on the sales of pasties for their livelihood. Show your support by visiting these businesses during National Pasty Week and enjoy the wide range of flavors each place has to offer.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Pasty Week

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebrating Culinary Heritage</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Pasty Week is a delightful way to delve into the culinary heritage that is centuries old. It’s about honoring age-old traditions, exploring diverse flavors, and appreciating the fascinating evolutionary journey of the pasty from the 13th Century to today.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a Hearty Delight</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Packed with savory fillings and encased in a delicious pastry shell, pasties are simply irresistible. They are a comfort food that warms not just our bellies but also our hearts. Baking, tasting, and sharing them during National Pasty Week adds a dash of fun to this hearty treat.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Supporting Local Businesses</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Pasty Week not only allows pasty lovers to relish this delectable treat but also gives them the chance to support local bakeries and businesses. Whether it's by ordering a fresh batch for a pasty tasting party or simply dropping by to appreciate the bakers, you're directly contributing to local economies.</p></div></div>

5 Tasty Twists in Pasty History

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pasties have had a significant impact on the Cornish language</h3><p class='facts-text'>The popularity of pasties in Cornwall has influenced the local dialect. The phrase "oggy oggy oggy, oi oi oi" is a mining chant which came from the Cornish word for pasty, "hoggan".</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pasties have a special design for a historical reason</h3><p class='facts-text'>The crimped edge on a pasty was historically useful for miners who could hold the pasty by the edge, eat the rest, and then discard the edge. This prevented their dirty (possibly arsenic-laden) hands from touching their food while eating.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The largest pasty ever made weighed in at whopping 1,900 pounds!</h3><p class='facts-text'>Created in August 2010, this gigantic culinary feat was made by "Proper Cornish" of Bodmin for the Eden Project's "Cornwall Food and Drink Festival".</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>The world’s fastest crimper is from Cornwall</h3><p class='facts-text'>A local woman, Elaine Ead, became the world’s fastest crimper, managing to crimp 14 traditional pasties in just three minutes. The astonishing feat earned her a spot in the World Pasty Championships.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Pasties are a central theme in a popular Cornish song</h3><p class='facts-text'>"The Cornish Pasty Song" or "Pasty and a Pint" is a popular folk song that venerates the iconic food. The song, performed by local singer/songwriters, emphasizes Cornish culture and pasties’ role within it.</p></div></div>

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