The world famous Eden Project is very popular with our guests at CLC Trenython Manor resort. And as we approach this year’s World Cup it’s a fair bet to say that not many visitors will know that football was introduced to Mexico by Cornish miners!
Cornishmen played in Mexico’s first ever football match in 1900, and formed the squad for the first football club – Pachuca Athletic.
And soccer is not the only legacy left behind by the miners, who first established a Cornish community in the country in the 1820s. The Mexican mining industry had been shattered by the war of independence with Spain and Cornish miners, whose expertise and technology were world renowned, were invited to the country from the 1820s until the 1930s to help rebuild it.
Cornish hymn singing and wrestling were early entertainments in the state of Hidalgo, where the mines were concentrated. And one dining legacy is still a local speciality – the Mexican version of the Cornish pasty.
Visitors to this year’s Eden Project’s popular World Pasty Championships can find out more at a workshop revealing the secrets of the ‘paste’, a Latin American version of the Cornish pasty and adapted from the original recipes.
The paste is typically produced in Hidalgo and is made with a variety of fillings, including beef, potatoes, onions, leeks, butter, parsley, plus the vital Mexican ingredient of chilli.
The workshop will be run by Marion Symonds, a renowned Cornish baker who has visited the area twice with the Cornish Mexican Cultural Society and made a special visit to deliver the Cornish Mining World Heritage plaque to a Cornish cemetery.
She said:” 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.” Marion has now introduced a Mexican chilli pasty to the menu at her Portreath Bakery.
Eden will be open until 9pm on Saturday March 1st, the day of the championship, and there will be live music, skating on the ice rink, and the ‘Oggy Oscars’ awards ceremony to look forward to, as well as plenty of sampling.