Friday, March 1, 2019 - 12:15

•    New Cornish pasty film launched on eve of world championships

Bakers from Cornwall, Canada, the USA, Wales and Ireland are among those on an oggy odyssey to the Eden Project tomorrow (Saturday March 2) for the eighth annual World Pasty Championships.

Nearly 200 pasties made by amateurs, professionals, juniors and companies will compete in the gala contest held at the home of the famous Biomes near St Austell in Cornwall, presented by Eden and industry body the Cornish Pasty Association.

The championships are the hotly-contested finale of Cornish Pasty Week and for the first time will host a new competition to find the World’s Fastest Crimper, devised by the association.

Across the general classes, world champions from previous years will be competing with newcomers for the coveted Oggy Awards, with entries closely scrutinised by a panel of 40 judges.

Among the returning champions is Gillian Francis from St Cleer, Cornwall, who last year scooped top prize in the Cornish Pasty Amateur category and picked up a third in another class, having only learned to crimp a fortnight previously.

She has since gone on to share her baking and crimping skills with The Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain on BBC TV, all thanks to her triumph.

Eden has worked with Gill and the Cornish Pasty Association to produce a new film How to Make A Cornish Pasty, which launches today and can be viewed here:

Billy Deakin, winner of the Cornish Pasty Amateur category at the first two World Pasty Championships, is making his long-awaited return to the competition. Billy is returning with his four-year-old son Carter, who will be entering the Cornish Pasty Junior category.

A big winner from last year was the Pure Pasty Co., based in Vienna, Virginia, USA, who were victorious in the Open Savoury Company class with a barbecue chicken pasty made with sweet potato, zucchini, red pepper, corn and pineapple. The “pineapple pasty” proved to be a headline grabber around the world.

World Pasty Championships stalwart Matt Grant of The Great British Pasty and Pie Co. based near Ottawa, Canada, returns for the fifth year running.  Matt was awarded the Pasty Ambassador prize in 2016.

The Land’s End Pasty Co., from the Dinkytown region of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, are also making the trip across the Atlantic.  This will be their first appearance.

Regular categories – amateur, professional, junior and company for both Cornish and non-Cornish pasties – all return and a new Pasty Ambassador will be honoured at the Oggy Awards closing ceremony.

Among the sponsors of the various classes are Carters Packaging, Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, Craft Bakers Association, Heygates, St Austell Brewery, and Cornwall Heritage Trust.

Alongside the pasty competition, Eden is presenting a fabulous day of entertainment on a stage in the Mediterranean Biome.

Celebrated shanty singers and soon-to-be film legends Fisherman’s Friends top the bill.  Their appearance comes shortly before the film version of their amazing story – also called Fisherman’s Friends – hits big screens on March 15.

Another eagerly-awaited band are The Kingstons are a five-piece based in West Devon with a fresh, unique sound and a passion for ska, reggae and a sprinkle of dub.

The Trees are a four-part-harmony-driven folk and country band from Plymouth with a varied repertoire, weaving a gorgeous tapestry of harmony and melody which underpins their songcraft.

Thomas Ford’s self-penned songs are rooted in delta blues tradition. For several years he has been playing sold out shows at some of Europe's biggest and best known blues, jazz and roots music festivals, having established a large following in the UK.

Championships favourites The Countrymen return with their harmony vocal and guitar group. Young singer-songwriter Genevieve Miles opens the entertainment bill at 9:45am.

Comedian Steve Heller, who  runs the Cornish News website and Facebook group and is known for his Cornish-themed rap parody videos, is due to bring comedy to the stage at 1pm. 

Eden spokesman David Rowe said:  “Our eighth World Pasty Championships promises to be the most memorable yet. We’ve the first-ever world crimping final, the return of some legendary world champions and a brilliant bill of entertainment headed by the Fisherman’s Friends. What an exciting way to end a whole week celebrating Cornwall’s culinary gift to globe.”