Following its phenomenal inaugural success last year, Cornish Pasty Week will be returning with another week-long celebration dedicated to Cornwall’s hero food next month.
With plenty of opportunities for lovers of Cornish pasties everywhere to get involved, Cornish Pasty Week will run from Sunday 24th February, culminating on Saturday 2nd March at the acclaimed World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project.
Cornish Pasty Week is devised and run by the Cornish Pasty Association. During the first ever Cornish Pasty Week in 2018, we took the Cornish pasty to London courtesy of GWR, touring the sites with Cornish pasty mascots, Mr and Mrs Pasty, and hosting a pasty reception for over 200 MPs and government officials at the Houses of Parliament, to reinforce the value of the pasty to Cornwall’s economy.
This year, Mr and Mrs Pasty will remain on home turf to undertake a mammoth Grand Tour of Cornwall, calling in on some of the Duchy’s classic landmarks and having a go at a range of popular Cornish pastimes along the way. From Land’s End to the Tamar, they will walk, cycle, row and even sing their way around the county.
Jason Jobling, Chair of the Association, said, “We dipped our toe in the water with Cornish Pasty Week last year and were blown away by the response, with people picking up on it as far away as the Falklands. We’d love it to become a week of fun that people look forward to every year, with our prized Cornish pasty at its heart. That’s why we’re focussing on our beautiful home county this year, showing it off to the world through the eyes of the well-loved characters, Mr and Mrs Pasty.”
Cornish Pasty Week will also feature a challenge to find the world’s fastest crimper. Drawing competitors from any bakery producing genuine, certified, Cornish pasties, this is certain to involve some intense rivalry. Heats will take place during the week, with the grand finale scheduled on the main stage at the World Pasty Championships on 2nd March. Crimpers are already said to be jostling to be chosen to represent their bakery.
In another new move, the Association’s members will be joining forces to treat some of the county’s hardest working people with surprise Cornish pasty giveaways throughout the week. This year’s recipients will include emergency and rescue services and we are asking people to nominate any particularly deserving crews.
For further details of all these activities, and more, look out for updates here or follow The Cornish Pasty Association on Facebook for the latest.