Enter your Cornish pasty in our World Pasty Championships
The 2014 event is now over - see the full results here!
- Date: Saturday 1 March 2014, the Saturday before the national day of Cornwall, St Piran’s Day
- Price to enter a pasty in the competition: £10 per category, or £5 for the junior categories (includes entry to Eden for competitor plus one guest)
- The general public can visit the Championships and take part in the activities as part of the normal Eden admission price.
- This event will be one of the last chances this year for residents of Cornwall and Devon to buy their Locals' Passes, which allow entry to Eden til October for as little as £12.
As the Eden Project is based in Cornwall, our World Pasty Championships will celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people. We invite entries from around the world to our Championships.
There are eight categories in all, with the opportunity to enter a traditional Cornish pasty or an alternative savoury pasty:
- Cornish Pasty – Company
- Cornish Pasty – Professional
- Cornish Pasty – Amateur
- Cornish Pasty Junior (15 and under)
- Open Savoury – Company
- Open Savoury - Professional
- Open Savoury – Amateur
- Open Savoury - Junior (15 and under)
How to enter
Charity Begins in Cornwall fundraising campaign
On the day of the Championships we're inviting 10 small Cornish charities to Eden to promote their work and raise awareness of their causes to our visitors. Thanks to a partnership between Eden Project, Localgiving.com and the Cornwall Community Foundation, for a limited time, donations made to these charities through Localgiving.com will be doubled pound for pound. Please give generously!
Entertainment all day
Celebrate a few days ahead of St Piran's Day (Cornwall's national day) with our great line-up of live music and other pasty-themed fun! In the evening, come to the Oggy Oscars Ceremony where the champions will be announced, and then enjoy live music and a few beers in our Mediterranean Biome after.
In the Core building:
- Masterclass on making the perfect pastry for pasties by Martin Chiffers, one of the world’s top pastry chefs
- Chef demos by Crantock Bakery, Elaine Ead of Chough Bakery in Padstow, and Marion Symonds of Portreath Bakery, who'll be showing visitors how to make the Mexican “paste”, a Central American version of the Cornish pasty adapted from recipes taken there by Cornish miners in the 19th century
- Badgemaking and other pasty-themed craft workshops for kids
Pasty Pod (outside between the Biomes)
- Meet the suppliers that are contributing their produce to Eden’s delicious new Extra-ordinary Pasty
- Beer tasting with top beer sommelier and Guardian journalist, Sophie Atherton
- Live music from Eden’s folk band, The Butter Thieves, plus Kemysk and the Hornets, and Salt and Sky
Eden Bakery (inside between the Biomes)
- Buy one of Eden’s delicious new Extra-ordinary Pasties
- Wash down your pasty with a range of tasty St Austell Brewery beers, including an ale brewed specially for the World Pasty Championships
- Judging area for the World Pasty Championships
Mediterranean Biome Stage (live music and awards ceremony)
- 10.15am: Jamie Crowle
- 11.15am: Saskia Maxwell
- 12.30pm : Hedluv and Passman, Cornwall’s premier rap duo perform their comedy tunes, including The Pasty Song
- 1.30pm: Boscastle Busker
- 2.15pm: Boscastle Buoys
- 3pm: Kezia
- 4pm: pasty making demo by TV chefs Dick Strawbridge and his son James Strawbridge, plus a Great Cornish Crimp Off competition
- 5.30pm: Grapefruit Moon, three musicians blending voices in harmony with guitars, a double bass and a celtic harp
- 6.15pm: Oggy Oscars awards ceremony: see the Pasty World Champions crowned
- 7pm: Ben Sutcliffe, front man of eclectic local band People’s String Foundation
- 8pm: The Retro Gents, hard kicking groove-based retro fusion!
Read what happened on the day:
The championships at Eden will be a great celebration of the pasty and a chance for bakers in Cornwall and beyond to show off their talents.Mark Muncey, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association