IT’S OFFICIAL – the French love the Cornish pasty.
The humble, crimped snack was described as the “revelation” of a Celtic festival – held in Brittany last week – by local daily newspaper, Le Telegramme.
Over 600,000 people attended the 10-day Festival Interceltique in Lorient, where Cornish food, drink, music, dancing and art was on show alongside the culture of other Celtic regions across the globe.
The pasties were made by Trevithick Bakery from Scorrier, Redruth, and served up by catering company Downright Delicious, from Carnon Downs near Truro, along with beverages from Penryn’s Rebel Brewing Company and St Ives Cider.
Trewithen Dairy clotted cream and milk joined the catering provision alongside Boddington's Berries strawberry jam and scones from the Cornwall Mill and Bakehouse.
The entertainment included Cornish band Dalla, dance group Kemysk and shanty group Stamp and Go.
Cornwall Council, Brittany Ferries and Visit Cornwall also delivered a series of presentations designed to promote Cornwall to the world.
Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for economy & culture, attended the festival for the first time.
“The Lorient Festival is an important platform to attract people to Cornwall,” he said.
“It is evident that many people have heard of Cornwall and we need show what Cornwall has to offer.
“Our environment, our heritage and culture, our food and drink, are strong reasons why people decide to come to Cornwall and they are not weather dependent.”
Cornwall was joined by joined by Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Galicia and Asturias, the Acadie region of North East Canada, as well as bands and dancers from across Brittany.
For more information visit: www.festival-interceltique.com.