Far Flung Pasties

 

 

Migrating Cornish miners and their families (colloquially known as Cousin Jacks and Cousin Jennies) helped to spread pasties into the rest of the world during the 19th century. As tin mining in Cornwall began to decline, miners took their expertise and traditions to new mining regions around the world even introducing the swede turnip (known in North America as rutibga). As a result, pasties can be found in many regions, including:

Many parts of Australia, including the Yorke Peninsula, which has been the site of an annual pasty festival (claimed to be the world's larges) since 1973. A clarification of the Protected Geographical Status ruling has confirmed that pasties made in Australia are still allowed to be called "Cornish Pasties" as the strict rules only apply within the Europen  union.

 California and Nevada and in many historical Gold Rush towns, such as Grass Valley and Nevada City.

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In some areas, pasties are a significant tourist attraction, including an annual Pasty Fest in Calumet, Michigan in mid August. Pasties in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan have a particularly unusual history. Many ethnic groups adopted the pasty for use in the Copper Country copper mines; the Finnish immigrants to the region mistook it for the traditional piiraatand kuuko pastries. The pasty has become strongly associated with all cultures in this area, and in the similar Iron Range in northern Minnesota.

Mineral Point, Wisconsin, was the site of the first mineral rush in the USA during the 1830s. After lead was discovered in Mineral Point, many of the early miners migrated from Cornwall to this south-western Wisconsin area. Those Cornish miners brought their skills working in the deep underground tin mines of Cornwall. They also brought their recipe and appetite for the pasty.

A similar local history applies to the arrival of the pasty in the area of Butte, Montana, "The Richest Hill On Earth" with an influx of Welsh and Cornish miners to the area's copper mines.

 Its preservation as a local delicacy, is found in the Anthracite regions of northeastern Pennsylvania, including the cities of Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and Hazleton, where an influx of miners to the area in the 1800s and brought the pasty with them. To this day, pasties are still a local favourite. In 1981, a Pennsylvania entrepreneur started marketing pasties under the brand name Mr. Pastie.

The Mexican state of Hidalgo, and the twin silver mining cities of Pachuca and Real del Monte (Mineral del Monte), have notable Cornish influences from the Cornish miners who settled there, with pasties being considered typical local cuisine. In Mexican Spanish, they are referred to as pastes.The town of Real del Monte in Mexico is the site of a museum of pasties.[58] The annual International Pasty Festival is held in Real del Monte for three days each October.

They are also popular in South Africa, New Zealand and Ulster.

Pasties were modified with different spices and fillings in Jamaica, giving rise to the Jamaican patty.

Similar dishes are found in many countries such as empanadas in Spanish speaking countries, Coulibiac in Eastern Europe, Tourtière in Canada and Shaobing in China.