Kernow King 2017

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As the Eden Project is based in Cornwall, our World Pasty Championships 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, and set the table for both amateur and professional bakers to parade their wares. The championships are supported by the Cornish Pasty Association.

Alternatively, you can join us for a day of celebrations of all things Cornish, with a brilliant line-up of live music and comedy throughout the day.

Live music and comedy

Enjoy a great line-up throughout the day, as well as craft activities and kids pasty making workshops at selected times throughout the day

  • 10.45am: Miss Jones: Penzance-based duo
  • 11.15am: The Woods: indie-folk band
  • 12pm: The Crimp Off: a competition between various performers on the day to find out who is the fastest crimper in the West!
  • 12.30pm: Kit Hillbillies: country musicians
  • 1.15pm: Kernow King: Cornish comic and established Championships favourite will be bringing back his anarchic brand of humour peppered with a strong pasty flavouring. 
  • 2.15pm: Flats and Sharps: Cornish bluegrass
  • 3pm: Kathryn Williams: critically-acclaimed folk artist who was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2000 and has 13 studio albums. She will be collaborating on stage with Michele Stodart, from the double-platinum-selling pop rock band The Magic Numbers.
  • 4pm: Fisherman’s Friends: 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.
  • 5pm: Oggy Oscars award ceremony

Championship categories

Our categories are split into two sections: Cornish pasties (made in Cornwall following a traditional recipe) and open savoury categories for pasties with creative fillings or pasties from outside Cornwall. 

This is because the Cornish pasty enjoys a special protected status (Protected Geographical Indication), and 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 pasties. 

This year we've added a new gluten-free category.


Choose to make either a Cornish pasty or a savoury pasty in the following sub-categories:

  • Company: Representatives from companies (bakeries, butchers, pubs, corner shops etc) that have undergone a PGI audit.
  • Professional: Those who work in the catering industry as a professional baker or cook, who are entering their own pasties under their own name.
  • Amateur: People aged 16 and over on the date of the competition (4 March 2017) who do not work in the catering industry as a professional baker or cook.
  • Junior: People aged 15 and under on the date of the competition (4 March 2017).
  • Gluten-free: A new category this year, for amateur bakers, who should follow the Coeliac UK’s guide.

You can get more details on these categories on our guidance page.

How to enter the championships

Entries are now open for the World Pasty Championships, and will close at midday on Thursday 2 March 2017, or beforehand if numbers exceed our entry limit.

Here’s how it works

Here is a brief summary of how to enter. You can get more details on all these steps in our guidance page.

  1. Choose a category.
  2. Book a place in the competition using our online booking site. Here you’ll pay the entry fee of £10 per category or £5 for each junior category. This includes free entry to Eden on the day of the competition. If you enter more than one category you can bring an extra person in for free.
  3. Complete the details about your pasty in the registration form that will be emailed to you on receipt of your payment. (Your registration is not valid until this has been done.)
  4. Bake two pasties per category – one for judging and the other for display – no earlier than 2 March.
  5. Bring in your chilled pasty on the day of the championships, 4 March. (International entrants should courier theirs over.)