One of Cornwall’s greatest bakery exports is being celebrated this month with its first dedicated UK festival.

Taking place on 21-23 September in Redruth, the Cornish Pasty Festival will celebrate the traditional bakery snack, which gained Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status last February, under European Union law.

Festival organisers have said the event will welcome seven representatives from Mexico, who host similar pasty celebrations on an annual occasion, highlighting Redruth’s twinned-town links with Real del Monte, an area located in the Central American country and also known as Little Cornwall.

The festival will also combine two existing events, Miners’ Day on 21 September and Pasty Day the following day, in which Cornish bakers will host a street market in Redruth town centre and invite locals to sample products.

Lee Dunkley, town development manager for Redruth Town Council, told the West Briton newspaper: "Redruth’s Miners’ Day and Memorial Day have continued to remind us of our mining heritage along with the part the town played during the booming mining heyday. We believe that the Cornish Pasty Festival will become an annual event attracting locals and visitors to the town centre, making this an extended cultural weekend for all the family."