Date: 
Monday, December 12, 2011 - 09:00

The World Pasty Championships, a grand celebration of Cornwall’s most famous dish, are announced by the Eden Project today.

The new event is to take place at the Eden Bakery between the famous Biomes on March 3, 2012, the Saturday before St Piran’s Day (March 5) which celebrates the national day of Cornwall. 

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.

The World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project will celebrate the traditional recipe and set the table for amateur and professional bakers to parade their wares.

The new event has the backing of the Cornish Pasty Association, which upholds the reputation of the pasty and represents more than 50 bakers.

Earlier this year after a long campaign the association won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status which means that 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.

In the coming weeks, Eden will announce full entry details for the World Pasty Championships on www.edenproject.com. There will be categories based on the PGI guidelines and open categories for pasties from further afield. 

Pasty makers from Cornwall, the rest of the UK and across the world will be invited to enter and a full programme of entertainment is being devised.  The event will also showcase local suppliers who sustain the pasty industry in Cornwall – worth more than £65 million to the economy. 

Gaynor Coley, Managing Director of the Eden Project, said:  “The pasty is one of the great icons of Cornwall and also one of its best exports, carried in the hands of all those hardy mining families who left this coast and who took their skills – and their favourite food – across the world.

“The World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project will be a joyous celebration of that tradition and the vibrant industry of today.  We’ll be inviting people to come from far and wide – and to bring their pasties with them!”

Mark Muncey, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association said:  “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. 

“The event will also help us mark the hard-won PGI status and explain more about what that means to a proud heritage and a thriving industry which plays such a big part in the Cornwall economy.” 

For more information on Cornish pasties, go to http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk/