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24.06.05
20,000 Cornish pasties for Royal Show

Pengenna Pasties is preparing for a Cornish pasty bonanza at the Royal Show (3-6 July). The company will be staging Cornish pasty making demonstrations and have been told to prepare to bake and sell in excess of 20,000 pasties over the four show days.

The Royal Show is the UK's biggest agricultural show, based at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. Camelford based Pengenna Pasties, which has shops in St Ives, Tintagel and Bude, will be in the Fresh Cornwall marquee, where Cornish food, tourism and agriculture are being promoted. It is the only marquee at the show dedicated to a single county and is always a huge hit with show goers.

"We just love doing the pasty making demonstrations," says John Bate, general manager of Pengenna Pasties. "It's a real crowd pleaser and you always hear someone say 'he'll never get all that in there', but we always do and the results are delicious. We've not done the Royal Show before, so we're really looking forward to it and hopefully will interest lots of people in our 'Pasties by Post' service."

The Fresh Cornwall marquee is being organised by Cornwall Taste of the West, to look and feel like a traditional Cornish farmers' market. The deli area is being managed for the second year by the award winning Cornish Cuisine, based in Penryn. There will also be creamy Cornish ice cream from Callestick Farm near Truro, clotted cream and dairy products from Rodda's of Redruth, plus fresh produce from Hayle's Riviera Produce.

Gareth Eddy, head chef at Pescadou, Padstow and one of Cornwall's most dynamic young chefs, will be entertaining with Cornish cookery theatre featuring seasonal local produce.

"Once again it's going to be a Cornish feast," says Angie Coombs, manager of Cornwall Taste of the West. "There's always a real buzz in the Fresh Cornwall marquee at the Royal Show and this year we're expecting more visitors than ever to come and try our wonderful local food and find out more about the county. Our aim is not just to encourage visitors to Cornwall, but also to inspire people to use the internet and mail order to purchase delicious Cornish food, so they can enjoy it no matter where they live."

Cornwall Taste of the West will be continuing the research started at the Royal Cornwall Show earlier in June, asking show goers about their shopping habits and perceptions of Cornish food. Results should be available in the autumn and will be used to help guide the development and expansion of the Cornish food industry.

Tourism is also a feature of the Fresh Cornwall marquee at the Royal Show and exhibitors will include Gardens of Cornwall, the Eden Project, King Harry's Cornwall and the Nare Hotel of Veryan.

The Fresh Cornwall marquee will be found at K447, block 51 on the corner of the main ring. The show runs from Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 6th July. For more information about exhibitors visit www.cornwalltasteofthewest.co.uk.

For further information please contact Veronica Newport at npr on 01363 866927 or email: veronica@n-pr.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Taste of the West through the European Agriculture Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Editor's notes:

Cornwall Taste of the West is a £3 million Objective One gateway project, funded by the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and private matched funding. It is part of the Taste of the West speciality food group. Cornwall Taste of the West's four year project includes a trade development programme, a marketing grant scheme and a capital grants scheme, available to small and medium sized food businesses that produce, sell or process foods in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

For more information log on to www.cornwalltasteofthewest.co.uk.

Veronica Newport
Tel: 01363 866927
Mob: 07808 063053

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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