Students get a pizza the action with the Maritime Museum

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14 April — 31 May 2009

Students from Flushing and Mylor Bridge primary schools got a pizza the action last week as they took part in a competition to create their own healthy pizza or a ‘sustainable’ pannini, run by National Maritime Museum Cornwall in partnership with Pizza Express.

As part of the forthcoming Fal River Festival, which celebrates life in and around the river Fal, students have been challenged to research, design and make a ‘healthy' pizza and a pannini using locally sourced food from around the river Fal.

Pupils enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of Pizza Express on Discovery Quay to learn about healthy eating, food hygiene and life working in a busy kitchen. They also experimented with different pizza toppings and sampled the results. They then moved on to the Maritime Museum to learn about the importance of sustainable, locally sourced food, with Dr Joanna Henley of Sciart Solutions. Students were amazed to learn about the diverse range of food available from the river Fal including seaweed and sea urchins.

Entries for the competition will take the form of a page from a recipe book with an ingredients list and preparation instructions. The children can also produce a healthy eating poster with an ‘exploded illustration' describing the special features of their product.

Derryth Ridge, Maritime Museum Events Coordinator, says: "The children have had a fantastic time not only learning about how some of their food is made but also where it comes from. Hopefully they have gone away feeling inspired and we look forward to receiving some wonderful entries to the competition."

The winners will be announced on 27 April, with the winning pizza and pannini going on the menu at Pizza Express and the Museum's Waterside Café for a month. All the children's artwork from the competition will also go on display at the Maritime Museum and Pizza Express. The Fal River Festival runs from 22 - 31 May.