Cornish man launches campaign for UK's first pasty museum
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
A businessman from Cornwall has launched a campaign to create the UK's first ever pasty museum, right here in Kernow!
Malcolm Ball is the chief executive of WMC Retail Partners Plc, who are the company behind transforming the award-winning Old Spitalfields Market in London. Currently based in Oxfordshire, Mr Ball was born in Cornwall, and is proud of his heritage. By next July, he hopes to have created a new, 13,000 square-foot attraction in St Austell, just a short distance from our hotel, Fowey.
The attraction is designed to celebrate the best food and drink produced by the region, not just the humble pasty. If the venture takes off, the museum will include a farm shop and deli, which will focus on selling affordable Cornish produce.
There is currently only one pasty museum in the world, and that is located in Mexico! The pasty is a symbol of Cornwall, often viewed as the "pasty capital" of the world, which is why Mr Ball is campaigning to bring this venture to the Westcountry.
The aim of the museum would be to tell the history of the pasty, as well as allowing the public to watch them being made, and of course, sample the wonderful end products.
Cornwall is already well renowned for being providers of excellent seafood, so creating attractions surrounding other great products of the region would be a draw to locals and visitors to the area alike!
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