A bite of Nasty Pasty from Fisherman’s Friend Jon at Eden’s Oggy Olympics
Singer and top-selling author Jon Cleave will be dispensing some well-crafted oggy etiquette as Master of Ceremonies at World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project on Saturday February 28.
Jon is best-known as the moustachioed MC and singer with Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends shanty singers who top the bill at the fourth annual pasty championships, a gala celebration of Cornwall’s culinary gift to the world.
Jon is also blazing a comic literary trail with his children’s books about Gully the mischievous seagull and his debut novel Nasty Pasty, hailed by critics and already heading for a second print run. As well as reading parts of the pasty book, Jon will be signing copies on the day.
Jon and the Fisherman’s Friends head a stellar line-up of musical and comedy talent and pasty-themed fun, including live demonstrations, workshops and an oggy crimp-off.
High on the bill are World Pasty Championship favourites and Cornwall’s premier hip-hop duo Hedluv and Passman, who supported Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby on his UK tour last summer and have had rave reviews for their shows on the Edinburgh Fringe.
Cornish Comedian and YouTube sensation, Colin 'Grand Theft Cornwall' Leggo will brings his unique take on Cornish culture to the stage, with his gloriously silly stand-up show that tackles the big issues including Cornish dating and mizzle.
Also appearing are acoustic duo Tregallion from Bude, top folk band The Grenaways from north Cornwalls, singer Geoff Lakeman, father of folk hero Seth and an accomplished musician in his own right, Cornwall’s very own all –girl shanty group Figurehead, duo Spot the Dog, and bluesmen Bradders and Taylor.
Eden production manager Chris Pritchard said: “It is an amazing line up and we have a masterful yarn-spinner and MC in Jon Cleave. He is just the man to entertain the championships with some comic excerpts from his novel and to pull all the fun together from the main stage in the Mediterranean Biome before he lines up with his crew from the amazing Fisherman’s Friends.”
Entries are pouring into the pasty-making competition from companies, professional cooks and bakers and keen amateurs competing for the eight titles on offer.
Among those giving the contest a truly international flavour is Cornwall-born Mike Amery and his friend Louisa Haggerty from New Hope, Pennsylvania, who jointly won the special Pasty Ambassador Award in 2013.
They couldn’t make it last year due to severe weather in but are returning to Cornwall this year especially for the championships.
Matt Grant, a baker from the Canadian capital Ottawa is also travelling more than 3,000 miles to compete. Matt runs The Great British Pasty and Pie Co. with the support of his partner Jen Debenham and delivers pasties from a right-hand drive Land Rover which he imported from the UK.
Matt was born in London and grew up there. His father grew up in Plymouth, Devon, and his mum in Dublin. Matt moved to Canada in the late 1980s and fell in love with pasties on a visit to the UK in 2012. After leaving his job as an acoustic engineer, he decided to start selling his pasties to the public. He is planning to enter several flavours into the Open Savoury Company category of the World Pasty Championships.