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World Pasty Championships Return to Eden.

The Eden Project will be serving up a fabulous feast of music at this year’s World Pasty Championships headlined by Celtic folk-punk giants Black Friday.

The gala celebration of Cornwall’s favourite food returns on Saturday February 29 with the music stage set in the Mediterranean Biome.

For over a decade, seven-strong Black Friday have been delivering their foot-stomping mix of high energy, home-brew folk-punk and Celtic tunes, appearing at some of Europe’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury and Boomtown.

The band have recorded a live BBC session at Maida Vale Studios and broken a Guinness world record by playing 30 gigs in 12 hours.

Also high on the bill are Huw and the Greater Good, an alternative/ indie/ folk group. Their live shows are a liberating experience with songs of self-discovery, triumph and heartache inspiring audiences to throw down their inhibitions like never before.

Boundless Brothers are a Cornish band renowned for their piercing lyrics, timeless melodies and hypnotic harmonies. The three-piece pop, rock and folk band entertain crowds with their electric and acoustic sounds and have been showcased by The Guardian and BBC Introducing.

Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young husband-and-wife duo based in Devon. Their music combines the rich traditions of folk with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements.

Ben Thorpe, a 26-year-old singer songwriter, writes honest and powerful acoustic indie and has a raw and personal take on universal themes. Born in Lancashire and raised in the South West, Ben is making a name for himself with frequent airplay on BBC Introducing and local radio.

Shannon Wilby, Eden’s Live Programme Lead said: “We are thrilled to welcome such a magical mix of fantastic music-makers to Eden for the 2020 World Pasty Championships. I’m sure each act will add to the fun-packed day to create an electric atmosphere.”

This will be the ninth World Pasty Championships at Eden. The event, held the Saturday before St Piran’s Day, sees amateur bakers, companies, professionals and juniors compete in Cornish pasty and non-traditional classes.

For the third year running, the championships will be the finale of Cornish Pasty Week, which starts on Sunday, February 23.

The week of festivity and fun is inspired by the Eden championships and delivered with the project’s help by the Cornish Pasty Association, which represents the £300-million-a-year pasty industry.

The aim of the week is to get as many people as possible involved in pasty-making and to raise awareness of the classic Cornish pasty recipe, which has been given protected status.

For more information on the World Pasty Championships and how you can enter, visit www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/world-pasty-championships 

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