Friday, February 10, 2012 - 17:00

Celebratory ale will be brewed especially to mark the first World Pasty Championships taking place at the Eden Project next month.

Sharp’s Brewery in Rock will create the new brew which will only be available at Eden on the day of the competition on March 3.

The South West’s largest brewer of cask beer is supporting the contest which will see professional and amateur pasty makers in Cornwall, the rest of the UK and across the world compete to be crowned the 2012 World Pasty Champions.
As well as the pasty celebration brew, Sharp’s will have a real ale bar at the event selling seasonal brew and selected beers.
Ed Hughes, Sharp’s retail and hospitality manager and resident beer guru, will give a free talk about the best beers to have with a pasty.

The brewery is calling on cooks and bakers from across the region to enter the contest which has recently opened for registration.

James Nicholls, Sharp’s Business Development and Marketing Manager, said: “As a Cornish business with Cornish employees, we are all fiercely proud of the pasty. We hope Sharp’s beers can follow in the path of the pasty and become an international phenomenon of which we can be equally proud.

“We encourage our customers across the county to get involved with the professional competition to win the acclaimed title of best pasty in the world.”

Tony Trenerry, Senior Sous Chef at the Eden Project, said: “We’re devising a full programme of entertainment for the World Pasty Championships and it’s fantastic to have Sharp’s on board providing a real ale bar and celebratory brew on the day.

“We’re getting a lot of interest in the competition with entries from across Cornwall and international interest as far afield as America and Australia, so register for the contest soon to be in with a chance of winning the World Pasty Championships.”

Competitors can register for the World Pasty Championships either by going online where there are full entry details, or by ringing the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972.

Entries will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.

There are categories aimed at both professional bakers and cooks as well as amateur pasty makers and there’s a chance to compete in traditional Cornish pasty classes and open sections for other varieties.

The Championships are backed by the Cornish Pasty Association after it won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish pasty last year. It means 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.

It costs £10 to enter each category of the competition. This gives the competitor plus one other person free entry to Eden on Saturday, March 3.