From Sunday 23rd February, to its grand finale on Saturday 29th February at the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project,  Cornish Pasty Week will return for another week-long celebration for lovers of Cornwall’s hero food. Stay tuned for more updates, in the meantime here’s a round up of last year and a glimpse of what’s to come.

Mr & Mrs Pasty’s Grand Tour

Taking a tour of Cornwall, from Land’s End to the Tamar, our favourite characters called in at some of the Duchy’s classic beauty spots and had a go at a range of popular Cornish pastimes along the way.

Some of the county’s hardest workers received a surprise visit from Mr & Mrs Pasty, as they rewarded emergency and rescue services for their brave endeavours.

Monday 25th February: Mr and Mrs Pasty’s Grand Tour kicked off at Lands End, taking in the beauty of the Minack and St Michael’s Mount.

Tuesday 26th February: Celebrating the historic link between pasties and Cornwall’s mining heritage, Mr and Mrs Pasty visited Heartlands, East Pool and King Edward mines and Gwennap Pit.

Wednesday 27th February: we joined Mr & Mrs Pasty as they visited Padstow for a walkabout and a spot of crabbing.

Thursday 28th February: Mr & Mrs Pasty reached the Tamar, but stayed on the right side of it!

Friday 1st March: A final stroll in Truro for our happy duo before they put their feet up for a rest ahead of Saturday.

Saturday 2nd March: Joining in with Cornish Pasty Week’s grand finale, Mr & Mrs Pasty dropped in to the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project and had a lot of fun! 

 

World’s Fastest Crimper

We also went on the hunt to discover the world’s fastest crimper. Competitors from bakeries producing genuine, certified, Cornish pasties were limbering up to see if they could win this brand new title. We watched the opening heat at Heartlands on the morning of Tuesday 26th February, which then saw the four finalists battle it out on the main stage at the World Pasty Championships. 

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World Pasty Championships

This is the day that professionals, amateurs, the young and the not so young came together in a day of music and fun where Cornwall’s culinary gift to the world was the unquestionable hero of the day.

Created by and hosted at the Eden Project, the World Pasty Championships took place on the Saturday closest to St Piran’s Day.

The titles fiercely battled and this year brought a few surprises.  To compete in the Cornish pasty categories, all pasties have to be made in accordance with the PGI specification, including being made in Cornwall of course.  However, each category also has an ‘open’  equivalent, where anything goes – and every year anything generally does go. Past championships have included all sorts of weird and wonderful creations,  including road kill and insects!

Every year our members are there helping queues of youngsters learn how to make and crimp their very own genuine Cornish pasty.

The 2020 World Pasty Championships will take place on Saturday 29th February. 

Take Part in the competition

Championship categories

The categories are split into two sections: Cornish pasties (made in Cornwall following a traditional recipe) and open savoury categories for pasties with creative fillings or pasties from outside Cornwall.

Sub-categories

Entrants can make either a Cornish pasty or a savoury pasty in the following sub-categories:

  • Company: For pasties from companies (bakeries, butchers, pubs, corner shops etc) that have received PGI certification. These must be standard production pasties that are sold by the company entering.
  • ProfessionalThose who work in the industry who are entering their own pasties under their own name.  This must not be a commercial pasty that is on sale anywhere.
  • AmateurPeople aged 16 and over on the date of the competition who do not work in the industry.
  • JuniorPeople aged 15 and under on the date of the competition.

Come along to watch

The annual celebration is always a showcase for home-grown musical and comedy talent and culminates in the much-anticipated awards ceremony.

There’s comedy,  music, plus plenty of pasty fun.

Keep your eyes peeled for more details soon.

2019 Highlights

Catch up on all the Cornish Pasty Week fun via our gallery.

 

 

 

 

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