Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12:00

Top Cornish comedian Kernow King and Westcountry folk star Seth Lakeman have been added to the stellar line-up to play at the Eden Project’s World Pasty Championships.

Organisers say that the fifth-annual championships, taking place on St. Piran’s Day, Saturday March 5, 2016, now has the best-ever entertainment bill, showcasing the cream of Westcountry talent alongside the finest pasties in the world.

Cornish icon Kernow King is currently touring his stand-up show Minority Rappport and is due to play a date in London’s Leicester Square later this month.

He also has a vibrant and hilarious social media presence, with his three-part Kernow King’s Cornwall series on YouTube having more than 350,000 views. See his latest film heralding his Eden appearance at https://youtu.be/KC0y3Krq6i8.

Folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has successfully steered English folk into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums including his current album Word of Mouth, released in 2014 to critical and commercial acclaim.

Word Of Mouth features the stories of the real local Westcountry people who inspired the album. Seth’s previous albums include Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay and the gold-selling Freedom Fields, which features the song King & Country.

World Pasty Championships stalwarts Hedluv and Passman have also been added to the bill. The Redruth rappers have played every year since the start of the Championships. In 2013, they even entered the competition with a bacon and marmalade pasty (which scored 38/100).

Kernow King, Seth Lakeman and Hedluv and Passman join legendary Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends on the entertainment bill for the day.

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.

Marion Harrison, Eden Live Project Lead, said: “Our 2016 entertainment line-up is the best the World Pasty Championships has ever seen and showcases some of the South West’s finest music and comedy artists. The stage is going to be buzzing all day and will provide a brilliant accompaniment to the pasty competition.”

The World Pasty Championships see 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.

Entries are invited for traditional and non-traditional pasty-makers, professional and amateur, with registration open now. To enter, see www.edenproject.com.

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 is also an established showcase for musical and comedy talent and culminates in the much-anticipated Oggy Oscar ceremony where the competition winners are declared.

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.

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