Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:00

The sixth annual World Pasty Championships will be taking place at the Eden Project in Cornwall this Saturday (March 4), with competitors from across the globe competing for the coveted Oggy Oscars.

The day will be a celebration of all things pasty-related, plus a great selection of music and comedy.

Nearly 200 pasties across nine categories will be judged by a panel of around 40 judges.

Competitors include:

•    Mike “The Pasty” Burgess, who will be travelling from the outskirts of Washington DC, from where his Pure Pasty Co. supplies customers in the seat of US government with hot Cornish delicacies. Mike is a British expat, originally from Cheshire, and has lived in the US for seven years.

•    Jorge Pereira, a Chilean miner, who will be returning for the first time since he was victorious in the Open Savoury Amateur category in 2015. His wife Gail Cleverdon, who hails from Barnstable in Devon, is also entering the competition.

•    Reigning Pasty Ambassador Matt Grant, of The Great British Pasty and Pie Co. in Ottawa, Canada, who will be returning for his third consecutive championships. Matt is another UK expat with a passion for the pasty and delivers handmade oggies through fearsome Canadian snowdrifts from the back of a Land Rover.

•    Completing the contingent from the Americas are Gerry and Marlee Ramier of the Piskie Pie Company, located in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada, a short distance from the Niagara Falls. Gerry is a Canadian Army veteran with a passion for the pasty, something he inherited from his mother who lives near Redruth.

•    Other reigning champions returning this year include Cornish Pasty Junior 2016 champion Jack Fuller from Wadebridge and Camborne’s Roger Richards, who claimed the Cornish Pasty Amateur title last year.

•    World-record breaking climber Ginge Fullen, from Fort William in Scotland, will be competing for the first time this year.

•    A mother-daughter combination - Becky Penrose and her daughter Megan, 13, both from Exeter in Devon - will be entering the competition.

A fantastic entertainment line-up headed by event favourites Fisherman’s Friends, Kernow King and Mercury-nominated Kathryn Williams will provide the backdrop to the competition.

Critically-acclaimed folk artist Kathryn, 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.

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

Categories are 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.

For more information see www.edenproject.com/pasty.

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