Cornish pasty credit VisitEngland

A new food and drink visitor centre will open this summer with the UK’s first Cornish pasty heritage centre.

Cornucopia, a new food and drink themed attraction, will showcase the country’s produce and food heritage when it opens in the St Austell Bay Retail and Leisure Park in Cornwall this summer.

A highlight of the centre will be the area in which visitors will be able to have a go at pasty making. 

There will also be a Sam’s Cornwall, which is an American inspired diner, as well as food exhibits, an events calendar based around the attraction’s demo kitchen and event stage, and food outlets selling Cornish food and drink.

The idea of the centre is to get visitors involved with the history and origins of Cornish food and to learn more about the recipes behind the food.

The name Cornucopia comes from the Latin meaning ‘horn of plenty’ which has historically been taken as a symbol of nourishment. Therefore the centre has been given this name to represent the array of food that Cornwall has to offer.

Dates of the opening are to be announced further in the year, but a summer opening is to be anticipated.

Cornwall for groups

A visit to Cornwall can also include visits to the many attractions and sights such as St Michael’s Mount, St Ives, Tintagel Castle, Land’s End and The Eden Project.

There are also tours and trails that visitors can take which include cycling, walking and sightseeing. 

The Camel Trail, for example, is an 18 mile long trail that links various villages including Padstow, Wadebridge, Wenfordbridge and Bodmin.

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