Mevagissey Local Customs

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    June – Feast Week

    by grayfo Written Sep 9, 2011

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    Some kind of celebration has been held in Mevagissey for hundreds of years and was originally held in December. However this coincided with a busy fishing period and so in 1752 Mevagissey adopted St Peter as its patron saint and has held a festival to celebrate this date 29th June ever since. Feast Week which marks the feast of St Peter and the church celebrates in a traditional way with a tea, children's sport and an evening procession around the village with hymns, Bugle Silver Band and the Flora Dance.

    Annually, usually around 29th June
    2011 – June 26 to July 2
    2012 – June 24 to June 30

    All events free, except for concert.

    email mevafeast@me.com

    Festival Office: 53 Lavorrick Orchards, Mevagissey, PL26 6TL

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    Cornish Pasties

    by kevin36 Updated Aug 13, 2009

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    Forget the Cornish Pasties you see in the Supermarkets,Try a real Cornish Pastie
    They were originally designed for tin Miners as a complete meal.
    I am sucker for them,and will eat at least one a day when I am there.
    The origins of the Cornish Pasty go back into the mists of time, but probably developed from the simple diet of Cornish people hundreds of years ago. Apart from locally caught fish, many people existed on a diet consisting mainly of swede (turnip) and potato, with meat as an added bonus when available.

    The Cornish Pasty rose to prominence in the last two centuries, the era of the hard rock metal mines, offering an easily portable, substantial meal for men working in tough conditions to wrest copper, tin and other minerals from deep underground.A real Cornish Pasty was a self contained feast. It had the initial of the miner marked on the pastry, so that every miner knew his own pasty. It also had the mark of a thumbnail pressed into it by the cook, to protect the owner from the "knockers" or little men, who lived in the mines and brought harm to miners. It is said that a decent Pasty could be dropped a thousand feet down a tin mine without being "scat to pieces".

    Arguments over the exact recipe, or proportions of contents, or the amount of pepper or crimping "over the top" or "around the edge", are the stuff of civil war in small communities. There were many variations on what went into a Pasty - it is even said that the Devil himself came down to the West Country, but stopped on the Tamar River on the Cornish Border, afraid that he would be put into a pasty!

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    Cornish Pasties

    by sandysmith Updated May 2, 2003

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    make mine a large one!

    Of course everybody should know that Cornish pasties are THE thing to eat here.
    Originally designed as the miner's working lunch - the pastry would have a thick crust, enabling it to broken open by grimy hands and would have contained sweet and savoury contents such as meat/potato and apple.

    These days the cornish pasties come in all sorts of flavours - I liked the steak and stilton variety - and jumbo sizes!

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