‘Cornucopia’, the new multi-million-pound food and drink visitor attraction currently under construction in St Austell, is expected to create in excess of 100 all-year round jobs when it opens next year.

Malcolm Ball, the Cornish chief executive of WMC Retail Partners Plc, the company behind the development, said: “We have designed Cornucopia to be a total celebration of everything that makes Cornish food and drink so very special – from the contemporary through to the historic.

“We’ll offer our visitors an insight in to the rich heritage behind some of our most famous produce via interactive exhibits and displays.

“Part of Cornucopia will be home to the UK’s very first showcase for the Cornish Pasty. It’ll be interactive and will encourage visitors to try their hand at making the iconic pastry treat that’s become synonymous with our county.”

He added: “Our research has concluded that Cornucopia has all of the potential to become one of the leading visitor attractions in the county and one which both locals and tourists can enjoy all year round.

“We’re in an up-and-coming location with excellent road and rail links that already serve other major attractions such as the nearby Eden Project, so we’re easily accessible.”

Ahead of the arrival of Cornucopia next year, the development team is finalising contracts with two “big Cornish brands” that are planning to open new outlets in the space adjacent to the new attraction at the St Austell Bay Retail and Leisure Park.

Ball continued: “I’m looking forward to announcing that these two great organisations will be joining us soon, along with the food and drink producers that will be part of Cornucopia. Their arrival is underlining our total commitment to the transformation of the site and represents a major investment in Cornwall and a boost for the local economy.”