Come along for a fabulous day at the annual World Pasty Championships on February 29th 2020.
Held at Cornwall’s iconic Eden Project, the event falls on Leap Day this year, and it’s bound to be an absolute corker of a day.
The World Pasty Championships, also known as the ‘Olympics of the Oggy’, has two main categories; the open savoury category which celebrates some unusual varieties of the pasty; and the traditional Cornish pasty category. Each of these categories is split into company, amateur and professional groups. Plus a special category for budding junior bakers under the age of 15.
So, whether you’re new to crimping crusts or already a brilliant baker, you’re welcome to compete. Simply register your entry online by midnight on February 23rd.
This unusual day is a fantastic spectator event too. With lots of opportunities to enjoy a pasty and a pint and live music from Black Friday, Huw & the Greater Good, Boundless Brothers and more, the whole family will be entertained.
Pasty-themed fun at World Pasty Championships includes sampling the great variety of pasties on offer – one alternative recipe was a fish and chip version! Or let your kids take part in pasty making workshops and receive secret tips that make Cornish pasties the best in the world.
The champions are announced in the evening at the ‘Oggy Oscars Ceremony’ after which there will be more live music, a DJ and drinks in the Mediterranean Biome section of the Eden complex.
The World Pasty Championships is a high-point in the Cornish calendar, and previous years have seen entries from as far afield as Chile and Canada, with around 150 people submitting their creations.
The world’s priciest pasty cost £230 and used wagu beef flown in from Japan, peppercorns from India and potatoes from Illinois.
The history of the Cornish pasty
Just like smuggling, beaches and gorgeous coastline, the pasty is synonymous with Cornwall. The origins of the pasty themselves are disputed between those from Cornwall and Devon, and date back to the 14th century, when miners used to graze on the pastry-based finger food while working underground. A traditional Cornish pasty features chuck steak, potato, turnip and onion and is crimped on the side, while the Devon variety is crimped on the top.
The Cornish pasty has had protective status since 2011, a distinctive sign used to identify goods as originating from a certain place. Only pasties made in Cornwall can be labelled ‘Cornish pasties’.
Need a place to stay?
If you want to soak up some Cornish pride and tradition and perhaps even take part in the unique World Pasty Championships, we have a fantastic range of holiday cottages less than half an hour's drive from The Eden project. Take a look at Trencreek Farmhouse and our holiday cottages near Liskeard. All have fully-equipped kitchens where you’ll be able to get some practice in!