We know Australians love their pies, we’ve talked about this before in my post Who Ate All the Pies? When you go to a baker’s here, you don’t so much see chilled cabinets jampacked with ready-made sandwiches, instead they have hot shelves stuffed with sausage rolls and pies.
Just one pie left in this baker’s…
So yes, they sell pies and sausage rolls, but no pasties.
You can’t even buy pasties from our major supermarkets; here is what happens if you search for ‘pasty’ in Woolworths…
Back in the UK, these Ginster’s pasties are in almost all of the supermarkets like Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s straight from the shelves…
Who hid all the pasties?
In Australia though, it’s a different story. I’m not saying you can’t get a pasty in Oz, but is not easy. Certain farmers markets might have a stall that sells pasties and one or two speciality shops here and there may also sell them, like Britain on the Bayside here in Brisbane.
So, I decided to look into this matter in greater depth.
My UK vs Australia pasty comparison experiment
Yes, it was time to put on my white apron again, go into the laboratory and get on with another one of my hugely scientific tests. I fired up my trusty PC and headed over to Google and punched in the search phrases…
- Australian pasty
- Cornish pasty
To put that into perspective for those who don’t know, I’m comparing a landmass of around 7.6 million square kilometres (Australia) with around 3500 square kilometres (Cornwall).
I got about 411,000 search results from Google for Cornish pasty and I wasn’t really expecting anything much at all from my search for Australian pasty, but was surprised to see about 292,000 results. And right there near the top was the headline “Australian Cornish pasty region concerned about protected …”
Australian Cornish pasty region? Where is this region?
The Australian Cornish pasty region
South Australia is the answer, and the concern apparently (back in 2011) was that the European Union (EU) were making a ruling that only pasties made in Cornwall could actually be called “Cornish pasties”. Fortunately for the people in South Australia, the EU ruling only covers Europe, so they can continue producing their Cornish pasty products without fear of the phone ringing late at night.
They can also continue with their biannual festival. Here’s what that looks like.
Kernewek Lowender – Biannual Cornish Festival, Moonta South Australia
So, pasties are here, even Cornish pasties, you just need to find them.
I can tell you that my pasty meal was very nice…