This Saturday, 28 February 2015, the World Pasty Championships 2015 will be held at the Eden Project, in Cornwall. Since the Cornish Pasty Championships started in 2012 when it was organised as a one-off event, the event has grown into an annual, global, event as it quickly snowballed when over 100 entries were received that first year. It’s since been necessary to create more categories to satisfy the interest and keep it relevant and fair.
The names Pasty Olympics, or Olympics of the Oggy*, have also been coined for the event, which is a worldwide competition, with top and aspiring chefs flying in to compete in one of the eight categories covering age groups and pasty varieties. Individuals can enter, as well as professional chefs and pasty companies, with the expanded categories now being:
- Cornish Pasty – Company
- Cornish Pasty – Professional
- Cornish Pasty – Amateur
- Cornish Pasty Junior (15 and under)
- Open Savoury – Company
- Open Savoury – Professional
- Open Savoury – Amateur
- Open Savoury – Junior (15 and under)
- Cornish Pasty – Companies
Entry prices for the World Pasty Contest are a £10 registration fee for adults and £5 to enter the junior categories. These prices include free entry for the contestant and one guest. There is an additional Eden Project Admission Ticket required to visit the event if you’re not the contestant or the guest. Junior contestants must be accompanied by somebody over the age of 18.
The Cornish World Pasty Championships are sponsored by the Cornish Pasty Association.
World Pasty Championships Entertainment
With the Fishermen’s Friends headlining, there’s also a full day of comedy and music entertainment, across two stages. The entertainment line up is:
Med Link Stage:
- 10am, Tregallion – acoustic duo from Bude performing traditional and contemporary songs and tunes
- 11am, Skylark – a jazzy/folk trio
- 2.15pm, Figurehead – Cornwall’s very own all-girl shanty group.
- 3pm, Spot the Dog – a Cornish folk duo
- 3.45pm, Bradders & Taylor – bluesmen from Wadebridge
- 11am, Zola Bridgey – an upcoming, Cornish singer and musician
- 11:45am, The Grenaways – folk music
- 1:30pm, Geoff Lakeman – father of folk hero Seth Lakeman, he sings and plays concertina
- 2.30pm, Colin Leggo – Cornish Comedian
- 3.30pm, Hedluv and Passman – a Cornish hip-hop duo
- 4.30pm, Fisherman’s Friends – International stars and shanty singers from Port Isaac
*Oggy means Pasty, it’s the local/slang name for a Cornish pasty. The word derives from the Cornish word hoggan.
Location: Eden Project, Bodelva, St Austell, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
Opening Times: Gates open at 9.30am for parking, Ticket desks open at 9.30am, Biomes open at 10am.
Walk Up Entry Price for adults is £23.50 – £19.95 if you buy in advance online at least the day before and £19.50 if you arrive by public transport, walking or cycling.
Free Annual Pass to the Eden Project: Instead of buying a ticket, if you opt for the “Gift/donation” option, you can activate a Free Annual Pass to the Eden Project. Watch out for this if you pay online.