Marion Symonds, renowned baker and owner of Portreath Bakery, will bring a taste of Mexico to the Eden Project’s World Pasty Championships tomorrow.
Marion will be running a workshop showing visitors how to make the Mexican “paste”, a Central American version of the Cornish pasty adapted from recipes taken there by Cornish miners in the 19th century.
Marion has visited this area of the country with the Cornish Mexican Cultural Society twice and made a special visit on behalf of the Cornish Mining and Marketing Association to take the Cornish Mining World Heritage plaque to a Cornish cemetery in Real del Monte.
Marion said: “I’m really excited to be appearing at the World Pasty Championships at Eden, sharing my experiences of Mexico and its cuisine. Mexico is an amazing place and Hidalgo has a fascinating shared heritage with Cornwall.
“The paste is a delicious Central American take on the pasty and I aim to inspire Eden visitors to introduce a taste of Mexico to their own oggy creations.”
She also helped make a 3.5 metre-long pasty with local bakers which fed 800 people and has organised a traditional Cornish afternoon tea with fellow pasty expert and chair of the Cornish Pasty Association Elaine Ead of the Chough Bakery in Padstow.
Since the trips, Marion has introduced a Mexican chilli pasty to the menu at the Portreath Bakery.
The World Pasty Championships are open to amateurs, professionals, companies and juniors and entrants can submit traditional Cornish pasties as well as more outlandish creations. Registration to enter the World Pasty Championships will close at midday on Friday February 28.
Eden will be open until 9pm on the day of the World Pasty Championships with a programme including the “Oggy Oscars” awards ceremony and live music. Eden’s ice rink will also be open for the day with the last skating session starting at 8pm.