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Cornish businessman Malcolm Ball plans to open the UK’s first museum dedicated to Cornwall’s synonymous snack, the Cornish pasty.
Toting the attraction as “Planet Hollywood with a Cornish twist,” Mr Ball hopes to create a museum which will be a tribute to the rich heritage of his birthplace as well as a homage to the legendary baked good.
Surprisingly the Cornish pasty boasts a rich history, and can be traced back as far as the 13th century. The museum will chart the origin of the tasty treat from its roots as popular snack for Cornish tin miners all the way through to its modern day global popularity.
Visitors will be able to watch the resident bakers craft the savoury snack, which consists of beef, swede (or turnip), potato and onion. They will also be able to browse the farm shop and graze on the locally sourced food and drink that the museum will offer.
Mr Ball plans to open the museum in July 2016, and has already purchased a 13,000 square foot space in the idyllic holiday destination of St Austell. The fishing village has become one of the most popular places to stay in Cornwall due to its beautiful scenery and growing list of tourist attractions.
However Mr Ball needn’t worry about the competition. Bizarrely the world’s only other Cornish pasty museum currently resides in Real del Monte, Mexico.
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