World Pasty Championships at Eden
Bakers from Cornwall to the USA are ready to fire up the ovens for the hotly-contested World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on February 29, 2020.
Competition entries opened on November 18th for the grand celebration of Cornwall’s culinary gift to the world which sees amateur bakers, companies, professionals and juniors compete in Cornish pasty and non-traditional classes.
Returning to the championships will be Jill Martin from Deal in Kent, whose Kentish Knocker pasties claimed first and third prizes in the Open Savoury Professional category at the last event in March. Jill, whose winning pasty contained egg, sausage and bacon, said: “I am already feeling very excited about coming back to the World Pasty Championships after what has, so far, been a fantastic year for me and my Kentish Knocker pasties. While I don’t want to give too much away about my entries at this stage, my theme for the next competition will be Kent – the Garden of England. Having won two trophies last time, in 2020 I’m going for a hat-trick!”
Competing for the fourth year running will be the Pure Pasty Company from Vienna, Virginia, who have taken home prestigious awards in the last two World Pasty Championships and grabbed international headlines along the way. Led by British-born boss Mike “The Pasty” Burgess, the company won the Open Savoury Company class with a controversial barbeque chicken pasty laced with pineapple in the 2018 competition and earlier this year (2019) were once again winners in the same category with a turkey and cranberry creation. Mike said: “We love representing Cornwall in America and vice versa. We are looking for a ‘threepeat’ in our class. We know it’s a long shot with the quality of the competition but once again we will be giving it our best.”
Also returning will be the reigning Open Savoury Amateur champion and most decorated competitor in the history of the competition, Don McKeever. Don has four wins and one second place to his name and will be bringing a group of Bristolian pasty fans who have supported and competed at the event since it began.
For the third year running, the championships will be the finale of Cornish Pasty Week, starting on Sunday, February 23.
The Eden Project will also be serving up a fabulous feast of music headlined by Celtic folk-punk giants Black Friday with the music stage set in the Mediterranean Biome.
For over a decade, seven-strong Black Friday have been delivering their foot-stomping mix of high energy, home-brew folk-punk and Celtic tunes, appearing at some of Europe’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Boomtown.
The band have recorded a live BBC session at Maida Vale Studios and broken a Guinness world record by playing 30 gigs in 12 hours.
Also high on the bill are Huw and the Greater Good, an alternative/ indie/ folk group. Their live shows are a liberating experience with songs of self-discovery, triumph and heartache inspiring audiences to throw down their inhibitions like never before.
Boundless Brothers are a Cornish band renowned for their piercing lyrics, timeless melodies and hypnotic harmonies. The three-piece pop, rock and folk band entertain crowds with their electric and acoustic sounds and have been showcased by The Guardian and BBC Introducing.
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young husband-and-wife duo based in Devon. Their music combines the rich traditions of folk with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements.
Ben Thorpe, a 26-year-old singer songwriter, writes honest and powerful acoustic indie and has a raw and personal take on universal themes. Born in Lancashire and raised in the South West, Ben is making a name for himself with frequent airplay on BBC Introducing and local radio.
This will be the ninth World Pasty Championships at Eden. The event, held the Saturday before St Piran’s Day, sees amateur bakers, companies, professionals and juniors compete in Cornish pasty and non-traditional classes.
For the third year running, the championships will be the finale of Cornish Pasty Week, which starts on Sunday, February 23.
For more information on the World Pasty Championships and how you can enter, visit www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/world-pasty-championships
Returning for the second-year will be the World’s Fastest Crimper competition, with the final taking place at Eden on the day of the championships, February 29.
The association’s Mr and Mrs Pasty will be touring Cornwall, with visits to producers of pasty ingredients around the Duchy.
The week will also feature offers, competitions and in-store events hosted by Cornish Pasty Association bakeries.
CPA chairman Jason Jobling said: “In its short history, I’ve been staggered by the way people right across the globe have got behind Cornish Pasty Week – testament indeed to the love that exists for Cornwall’s hero product.
“I’m thrilled that the Cornish Pasty Association has made this happen and we’re looking forward to another jam-packed week of pasty fun in 2020, culminating in the ninth World Pasty Championships at Eden.”
Entries for this year’s World Pasty Championships are now open via the Eden Project website.
To enter the World Pasty Championships 2020 or find out more about the competition go to www.edenproject.com/pasty Entries will close at midnight on Sunday, February 23.