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Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 12:47

Top rappers Hedluv and Passman are to star at the Eden Project’s World Pasty Championships on Saturday February 28.

The acclaimed hip-hop duo supported Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby on his UK tour last summer and have garnered rave reviews for their shows on the Edinburgh Fringe.

As well as Rhys Darby, they count QI panellist, actor and stand-up Alan Davies and BBC 6 Music breakfast presenter Shaun Keavney among their fans.

Hedluv and Passman, who have played at every previous World Pasty Championships, entered the 2013 competition with a bacon and marmalade pasty (which scored 38/100) and also shot a music video at the event.

Hedluv said: “We’re very excited to be returning to the World Pasty Championships. We’ve played shows all around the world but nothing beats playing in a Mediterranean Biome surrounded by the aroma of world beating pasties! If you like pasties, you'll love this - they're everywhere. Plus we sing a song about pasties.”

Registration for the World Pasty Championships, the annual showpiece for Cornwall’s most beloved delicacy held annually at the Eden Project, is now open.

The acclaimed global competition – also known as the Olympics of the Oggy - will return to Eden for the fourth year running.

Pasty lovers from around the world are invited to put their finest creations up to be crowned best pasty in the world.

The competition is the centrepiece of a day of pasty celebrations, featuring music and comedy headlined by Cornwall’s own international superstars The Fisherman’s Friends.

The shanty singers from Port Isaac, north Cornwall, have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years, with almost 300 live performances under their belts. They have been at the forefront of the UK folk music renaissance of the last decade.

The World Pasty Championships are now a firm fixture on the festival calendar, being staged each year on the Saturday before before St Piran’s Day.

The competition sees amateur and professional bakers from far and near compete by baking traditional Cornish pasties or variations on the classic beef, onion, potato and turnip recipe.

Competition categories are split between those who would like to make a traditional Cornish pasty, which abides by strict guidelines and is made in Cornwall, and those who want to make any other type of savoury pasty.

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.

Elaine Ead, chair of the Cornish Pasty Association who was awarded the coveted Pasty Ambassador trophy at last year’s competition, said: “We are very pleased that the World Pasty Championships are returning to Eden in 2015.

“The competition has established itself as the blue riband event for pasty makers, both professional and amateur, with the coveted ‘oggy Oscars’ hotly contested each year.

“Besides the competition, there is a real festival atmosphere at the World Pasty Championships with the entertainment line-up representing the best of Cornish talent.”

Anyone who would like to enter the competition can do so by visiting www.edenproject.com/pasty or by calling the Eden box office on 01726 811972.

Entry costs £10 per adult category or £5 for the junior categories. This entitles the competitor and one guest to free entry to the Eden Project on the day of the competition. Entries will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.