The biggest and best World Pasty Championships returns in March 2013

The 2nd March 2013 is a date for all foodies to put in their diaries as that is when the World Pasty Championships return to the Eden Project, complete with new classes of entry and a grand ‘Oggy Oscars’ event planned for the evening.

The first event of its kinds took place at the Eden Bakery in March of this year, and was a monumental success as over 100 competitors took part in the day long celebrations of the most famous dish to come out of Cornwall.

The competition takes place with the full backing of the illustrious Cornish Pasty Association, the industry’s ruling body that represents over 50 bakers and is a leading voice in championing the world famous savoury.

The competition saw amateur and professional bakers compete under their own names by baking traditional Cornish pasties or variations on the classic recipe.

While the traditional pasties had to stick to a strict set of guidelines, the open categories received entries such as wild rabbit, peas and lemon zest and smoked fish topped with parsley and saffron.

In addition to the established classes, and with the full support of the association, next year (2013) the championships will pit small, medium and large companies against each other with a new contest for bakeries under their own names. A children’s class is also being devised.

The event will again take place on the Saturday before St Piran’s Day, the traditional celebration of the national day of Cornwall.

Last year after a long campaign the association won European Union Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status which means that only pasty makers based in Cornwall who make pasties in a traditional manner and follow a traditional recipe are able to label their products as Cornish.

In the coming weeks, Eden will announce full entry categories for the World Pasty Championships 2013 on www.edenproject.com.

Tony Trenerry, senior sous chef at the Eden Project, said: “The first-ever World Pasty Championships was great fun and a brilliant success, attracting entries from Cornwall, other parts of the UK and from as far afield as the USA.

“Thousands of people flocked in for the day and since then we have listened to feedback to try to make next year’s event better and bigger still.

“As well as introducing a new class for companies to compete and a children’s class, we are going to throw an Oggy Oscars party after the winners’ trophies have been handed out to round off what we are confident will be another brilliant celebration of the pasty and the baking skills involved in making a good one.”

Mark Muncey, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, said: “The first championships worked very well last year. This is a properly run and well-judged competition which we are happy to support. It’s also a lot of fun.

“We suggested the new class so that companies can compete and we will be encouraging our members to have a go. Who wouldn’t want to be crowned World Pasty Champion?”