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How to make a Cornish pasty

Watch Gillian Francis - Amateur World Pasty Champion 2018 - make a Cornish pasty according to the official recipe from the Cornish Pasty Association.

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As the Eden Project is based in Cornwall, our World Pasty Championships celebrate the traditional Cornish pasty recipe, as well as some more unusual varieties. From the Americas to Australia, pasties derived from recipes passed down by Cornish emigrants over centuries are eaten and enjoyed by many millions of people.

The Championships are also a fantastic opportunity for a good old Cornish knees-up, with pasties galore and entertainment from local bands. 

Entertainment line-up

  • 10.30am True Foxes
  • 11.15am Harbottle & Jonas
  • 12.00pm Ben Thorpe
  • 12.45pm World's Fastest Crimper final: Watch as professional pasty-makers compete in the final rounds of the World Crimping Championship.
  • 1.30pm Boundless Brothers
  • 2.15pm The Leylines Trio
  • 3.15pm Huw & the Greater Good
  • 4.15pm Black Friday
  • 5.15pm Oggy Awards 
All held in the Mediterranean Biome.

Pasty activities 

  • Cornish Pasty Association workshops for kids (10am, 11am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm): The chance for children to make their very own pasty and pick up some perfect pasty-making tips from professional pastymakers. Please note that the workshops are only for children. There is no charge but participants are able to make a voluntary donation to Cornwall Hospice Care. The sessions fill up quickly so it’s a good idea to register early on the day. This will take place in the Link Building (between the Biomes).
  • Pastysmile photobooth: Have fun in our photobooth with some pasty props. Be sure to share your photo with #pastysmile! This will take place under Eden Kitchen Canopy.
  • The Pasty Pageant: View all this year's entries and watch the judges hard at work as they determine who this year's winners will be. This will take place in the Link Building (between the Biomes).

Cornish food and drink 

There’ll be lots of opportunities to enjoy a pasty and a pint. Drop by the Link Building (between the two Biomes) where there’ll be a whole range of Eden pasties, including traditional steak, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. You can also find them in the Mediterranean Biome. Or visit the Eden Kitchen café or Coffee House for plenty of other food and drink on offer.  

More about the bands

  • Black Friday have been delivering their foot-stomping mix of high energy, home-brew folk-punk and Celtic tunes for over a decade, appearing at some of Europe’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Boomtown. The band have recorded a live BBC session at Maida Vale Studios and broken a Guinness world record by playing 30 gigs in 12 hours.
  • Huw & the Greater Good are an alternative/indie/folk group whose live shows are a liberating experience with songs of self-discovery, triumph and heartache inspiring audiences to throw down their inhibitions like never before.
  • Boundless Brothers are a Cornish band renowned for their piercing lyrics, timeless melodies and hypnotic harmonies. The three-piece pop, rock and folk band entertain crowds with their electric and acoustic sounds and have been showcased by The Guardian and BBC Introducing.
  • Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young husband-and-wife duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music combines the rich traditions of folk with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements.
  • Ben Thorpe, a 26-year-old singer songwriter, writes honest and powerful acoustic indie and has a raw and personal take on universal themes. Born in Lancashire and raised in the South West, Ben is making a name for himself with frequent airplay on BBC Introducing and local radio.
  • True Foxes are a stunning female folk/pop duo from Western Cornwall who blend together atmospheric harmonies to create hauntingly beautiful melodies. They formed in 2018 and have since performed at around 100 different venues across Cornwall and Devon.
  • The Leylines Trio are a West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock.

About the competition

We invite entries from around the world to our championships – which are supported by the Cornish Pasty Association – as we set the table for both amateur and professional bakers to parade their wares. 

This is an open event and every pasty entered will be judged, so there is a limit on numbers. Registration to enter the World Pasty Championships 2020 closed at midnight on Sunday 23 February.

Read the full rules, and terms and conditions, of registration here

2020 competition categories

There are eight categories in the Championships with the opportunity to enter a traditional Cornish pasty or an alternative savoury pasty. 

In 2011, the Cornish Pasty Association won a long campaign to gain European Union PGI status for the Cornish pasty which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties to the approved recipe are able to label their products as Cornish pasties. 

  1. Cornish Pasty – Company
  2. Cornish Pasty – Professional
  3. Cornish Pasty – Amateur
  4. Cornish Pasty Junior (15 and under)
  5. Open Savoury – Company
  6. Open Savoury - Professional
  7. Open Savoury – Amateur
  8. Open Savoury - Junior (15 and under)