Date: 
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 09:00

The first-ever World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on Saturday, March 3, feature a stellar line-up of home-grown talent. 

Up-and-coming funnyman Kernow King and the acclaimed singing group Aberfal Oggymen are leading lights in a full day of entertainment just unveiled by Eden.

To mark the event – which is attracting pasty-makers from overseas as well as across Cornwall and the UK – Eden is reintroducing its Locals’ Annual Pass for one day only (March 3), allowing Cornwall and Devon residents to pay £5 and enter for a year, or £10 for two years.

And to avoid any disappointment, the deadline for entries to the professional and amateur classes in the Championships is being extended to 1pm on Friday March 2, the day before the event.

The Championships have the full support of the Cornish Pasty Association. The day has been devised as a celebration of Cornwall’s most famous food, the winning of protected European status for the Cornish pasty, and to herald St Piran’s Day which falls on Monday, March 5.

Bringing his anarchic take on Cornish life will be the pasty-obsessed Kernow King, aka Ed Rowe. The lanky Falmouth-based comic has quickly grabbed a big following with his YouTube videos and live appearances.

The 11-strong male choir Aberfal Oggymen are steadily building a reputation for their impressive repertoire which features modern Cornish folk songs  as well as the more traditional.

Oggyman Andy Rowe said: "We're really looking forward to singing at the first-ever World Pasty Championships.  Some of our songs reflect how Cornish people have travelled across the world - and of course when they did so they would have made pasties wherever they settled. Naturally we are big fans of the Cornish pasty - and yes, there's a clue in our name!"

Kola, featuring well-known singer-songwriter Ryan Jones, the unique Redruth rap act Hedluv & Passman, Charlie Wingfield, Eva B, Olle Jinks, Tom Elliot and Swansong complete a compelling collection of talents from west of the Tamar.

For those who want to master the ancient art, there will be two pasty-making workshops and free demonstrations by Elaine Ead of Chough Bakery in Padstow (star of the recent The Fixer programme on BBC 2) and Helen Hambly of Cornish Premier Pasties.

Elaine said: “I really hope as many people as possible will attend the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project. This competition is open to anyone who makes a pasty in order to celebrate our iconic dish and all things Cornish and being Cornish. This is not just about professional producers but the search for pasty recipes that have been handed down throughout the generations and still in use today.”

Sure to be a major attraction will be a specially-baked pasty made from a 266-year-old recipe discovered at the Lost Gardens of Heligan and officially declared the first recorded pasty recipe in Cornwall.

At the centre of the day are the Championships, a testament to the power of the pasty not just in Cornwall but where Cornish people travelled around the globe.

Competitors from top Cornish bakeries are among those taking part as well as pasty makers from across the UK and overseas including America and Ireland.

To mark the historic first-ever World Pasty Championships, sponsors Sharp’s has brewed a special Oggy Ale which will be on sale at Eden during the day.

A team of judges has been selected from professional bakers and pasty enthusiasts and a fine set of trophies has been commissioned from craftsmen in Cornwall.

Judging will be throughout the day and the results and grand awards ceremony will take place at the end of the afternoon on a special stage in the Mediterranean Biome.

To enter the World Pasty Championships, go to www.edenproject.com for full entry details and a link to a booking form, or ring the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972.

The competition closes on March 2, at 1pm. It costs £10 to enter each category, giving the competitor plus one other person free entry to Eden on March 3.