The Pasty is a cultural point of pride in the Keweenaw. They’re considered sacred among many life-long residents of the Upper Peninsula. Debates range far and wide on which pasty reigns supreme. Each summer, the Copper Country’s prime pasty pros go head to head during Pasty Fest to determine a champion.
Now, you can immerse yourself in a treasure trove of portable yumminess by doing your own pasty pilgrimage. So grab a bib and pick a side (ketchup or gravy) and travel along the Keweenaw’s Pasty Trail!
Pronounced “past-ee”, this cuisine is a folded pastry case with a savory filling, typically of seasoned meat and vegetables. The travel-ready meal came to the Keweenaw by way of Cornish miners who migrated to the area to work in the region’s booming copper mines during the 19th century.
Do you have what it takes to become a Keweenaw Pasty Trail (KPT) Legend? If you’ve got the guts (literally and figuratively), complete the following to achieve unprecedented fame and score some sweet Keweenaw swag:
Laurie O'Brien-Clark poses with swag after claiming Keweenaw Pasty Trail Legendary Status. | Photo courtesy of Laurie O'Brien-Clark
Here’s the list of our 12 Keweenaw shops.
Congratulations to all the Keweenaw Pasty Legends!