Date: 
Friday, November 27, 2015 - 12:30

The acclaimed World Pasty Championships return to the Eden Project on St Piran’s Day, Saturday March 5, 2016, with top Cornish folk singers Fisherman’s Friends headlining and a brand new official supporter.

Industry body The Cornish Pasty Association, which represents pasty producers from across the county, is officially supporting the one-day celebration, having leant its general backing since the first championships in 2012.

The championships are traditionally held on the Saturday before St Piran’s Day and next year will be the first time the two days coincide.

Entries are invited for traditional and non-traditional pasty-makers, professional and amateur, with registration opening at 9am on Monday November 30. Registration can be done through www.edenproject.com or by calling 01726 811972.

The competition sees amateur and professional bakers from around the world compete by baking traditional Cornish pasties or variations on the classic beef, onion, potato and turnip recipe.

In previous years, the competition has seen entries from across the globe, including those from Canada and the USA, as well as the cream of Cornish pasty producers.

The annual celebration also a showcase for home-grown musical and comedy talent and culminates in the much-anticipated Oggy Oscar ceremony.

Eden spokesman David Rowe said: “The World Pasty Championships are a great celebration of Cornwall’s culinary gift to the globe and next year’s event – the first to take place on St Piran’s Day – promises to be the best yet. 

“We expect the baking competition to be as fierce as ever - and to have the Fisherman’s Friends back as headliners is great news.

“The Cornish Pasty Association have backed the championships since the beginning and we’re very pleased to have them as our official supporter this year. They work hard to represent this incredibly important industry and were instrumental in getting European protection for the traditional Cornish pasty recipe.”

Jason Jobling, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, was keen for the Association to become an official supporter of the championships. He said: “It’s such a great celebration of the Cornish pasty, the iconic symbol of Cornish food that’s known and loved the world over, and we would like to help the event go from strength to strength.”

Fisherman’s Friends are the much-loved choral collective from the harbour of Port Isaac, purveyors of sea-salty work songs, folky ditties, rousing ballads and touching laments. They are a distinctive vocal ensemble, tightly bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience.

They were propelled into the national spotlight after signing a deal with Island Records and scoring a top ten Gold album with Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends in 2010. Their latest album - Proper Job - takes its name from a favourite Cornish ale and marks the unique deal the group has struck with St Austell Brewery to support the record’s release.

The band have had numerous TV and radio appearances as well as live performances at festivals and major venues around the country, from the open-air Minack Theatre in Cornwall to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival to London’s South Bank.

In 2011, after a long campaign the Cornish Pasty Association won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish Pasty which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties in a traditional manner and follow a traditional recipe are able to label their products as Cornish.

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