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WATCH: Cornwall to host 7th World Pasty Championships

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:39am 3rd March 2018. (Updated at 9:15am 3rd March 2018)

Cornwall bakers are set to get their crimp on at the Oggy Oscars in the battle for the best pasty.

It comes as the seventh World Pasty Championships are held on Saturday at the Eden Project.

It is the finale to end the first ever Cornish Pasty Week, which has seen a number of events across the UK to celebrate the celebrated pastry snack (or meal from the Gods, as some Cornishmen would rightly correct us).

Pasty-making hopefuls will be hoping to land prizes in a number of hotly-contested categories and bosses say people from all over the globe will be travelling to the Duchy to compete.

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For the first time, Cornish Pasty Association members will also have the chance to take part in the Crimping Challenge, which will kick off on the main stage on Saturday morning.

More than 200 people are expected to enter this year – which is more than ever before.

And it won’t be easy, with a panel of 30 judges deliberating for around five hours to choose the winners.

Eden spokesman David Rowe said: “Our seventh pasty championships beckon with a great bill of entertainment and some serious competition across all classes.

“It looks certain that Saturday’s contest will be the biggest ever.

“What a great way to end a whole week celebrating the pasty, Cornwall’s culinary gift to the globe.

“Our thanks as ever go to the Cornish Pasty Association for partnering with us in the event and bringing so much to the table.”

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Last year’s major winner of the Cornish Pasty Professional category hailed from Canada – and there is no doubt that Cornish bakers will be hoping to get the title back where it belongs.

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Also among the overseas competitors will be UK-born Mike “The Pasty” Burgess of The Pure Pasty Co. in Vienna, Virginia, USA, returning for the second year running. 

A previous winner of Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me, Jill Martin from Kent, will also be entering a selection of Kentish Knocker pasties in homage to coal miners from the county.

It doesn’t all start and end with pasties though (even though some might believe it should), and the Eden Project, alongside main sponsor the Cornish Pasty Association, will be hosting a range of entertainment throughout the day.

Britpop legends Dodgy, Cornwall-based 3 Daft Monkeys and legendary Redruth rappers Hedluv + Passman are heading the music bill.

Throughout the festivities, organisers will be collecting money for a number of Cornish charities, including the likes of St Austell Community Kitchen, the Cornwall Search and Rescue Team, Active8, Cuddra Women’s Institute and National Coastwatch Institution, among others.

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