Date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 12:30

The World Pasty Championships return to the Eden Project on Saturday, March 4, with a stellar entertainment line-up including the Mercury-nominated Kathryn Williams and event favourites Fisherman’s Friends and Kernow King.

They will be performing at the sixth annual celebration of Cornwall’s most famous dish which sees pasty-makers battling it out to win different categories of the international competition supported by the Cornish Pasty Association.

Critically-acclaimed folk artist Kathryn Williams, who was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2000 and has 13 studio albums under her belt, will be singing tracks from her two recent albums Crown Electric and Hypoxia.

She will be collaborating onstage with her friend and solo artist Michele Stodart, who is bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter of the double-platinum-selling pop rock band The Magic Numbers.

The ever-popular Fisherman’s Friends from Port Isaac will be making their third appearance at the World Pasty Championships to perform their rousing shanties and Cornish folk songs.

Other music acts include Cornish bluegrass band Flats and Sharps, pop and folk singer Genevieve Miles, Penzance-based duo Miss Jones, indie-folk outfit The Woods and country musicians The Kit Hillbillies.

Heading the comedy bill is Cornish comic and established Championships favourite Kernow King who will be bringing back his anarchic brand of humour peppered with a strong pasty flavouring.   

Throughout the day there will also be pasty-making workshops for all the family, a crimping contest, pasty-themed craft activities and tips for making a gluten-free pasty.

Marion Harrison, Eden Live Project Lead, said: “We have a great line-up of top musicians and comedians at this year’s World Pasty Championships.

“It’s an honour to be welcoming the prolific singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams to the event for the first time, charming everyone with her original folk songs and beautiful vocals.

“We’ve also got the Fisherman’s Friends and Kernow King returning and a day packed with pasty workshops and fun for all the family so there is something for everyone.”

This year’s World Pasty Championships has nine categories open to professional, amateur and junior pasty-makers for best Cornish pasty, open savoury and, for the first time this year, gluten-free.

The winner of the gluten-free section - which is open to amateur bakers only - will have a chance for their prize pasty to be developed into a commercial product with the help of bakery Let Them Eat, based in Saltash, Cornwall.

As well as attracting competitors from Cornwall and beyond, this year’s international contestants include Gerry Ramier from the Piskie Pie Company in Ontario, Canada, and Mike “The Pasty” Burgess who runs The Pure Pasty Co. in Virginia, USA, and supplies pasties to the British Embassy in Washington DC
This year’s prizes have been sponsored by Heygates, Cornish Mining World Heritage, Craft Bakers Association, Hay Farm Produce, Carters Packaging, Stevens Weighing, Mono Equipment and Let Them Eat.

To enter the World Pasty Championships go to www.edenproject.com/pasty

See full details of ticket prices on www.edenproject.com

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