Think your pasties are up there with the world’s best? Well you can now put your beef skirt where your mouth is, as registration has opened for the first World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
Few things are taken as seriously as pasties in Cornwall, so much so that the Cornish Pasty Association last year landed European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the traditional recipe (albeit with a caveat to suit Ginsters). It means only pasties made in Cornwall to this recipe can be called “Cornish”.
Entries for the March 3 contest – just before the March 5 feast day of St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners – will be strictly limited so early registration is advised.
The competition is open to professional and amateur pasty makers in Cornwall, the rest of the UK and across the world, with categories for traditional Cornish pasties and open sections for other varieties made east of the Tamar.
Entry costs £10 and includes free entry for the competitor and a plus one to Eden on Saturday, March 3.
Competitors can either enter online by going to http://www.edenproject.com/come-and-visit/whats-on/other-activities/cornish-pasty-baking-competition or by ringing the Eden Box Office on 01726 811972.
The inaugural World Pasty Championships are a chance for professional and amateur pasty makers in Cornwall, the rest of the UK and across the world to parade their wares.
Competitors can enter categories for the traditional Cornish pasty or open sections for other varieties.