Oggy Oscars

Next year sees Britain’s first week of celebration of the Cornish pasty.

From Sunday, February 25, 2018, there will be a whole week of activity culminating in the ‘Oggy Oscars’ – the seventh-annual World Pasty Championships held on Saturday, March 3 at the Eden Project.

The Cornish Pasty Association says that during Cornish Pasty Week, it will be working with pasty-makers the length and breadth of Cornwall, and with those who sell pasties across the UK and beyond, to create a week’s worth of fun, special offers and information.

Chair Jason Jobling said: “It’s about time the Cornish Pasty gets a whole week to itself, for people to celebrate, enjoy and indulge in its deliciously unique reputation and heritage, and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this idea to life.

“This humble dish may have its origins down the Cornish mines, but it is now worth more than £300 million to the local economy and is without doubt one of the nation’s favourite foods”.

A social media campaign will be launched, using the hashtag #pastysmile, and members of the Association will be working with community groups and schools to spread the skills involved, with crimping and pasty-making sessions.

Anyone interested in taking part is asked to keep an eye on social media and the website, www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk, for further updates.

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