Following its inaugural success last year, Cornish Pasty Week is to return this year from Sunday 24 February to Saturday 2 March.

The week, which is devised and run by the Cornish Pasty Association, will this year include Cornish pasty mascots Mr & Mrs Pasty taking a tour of Cornwall, calling in on classic landmarks to try some classic Cornish pastimes.

As it did last year, the week will end with the World Pasty Championships, taking place on Saturday 2 March at the Eden Project.

“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,” said Jason Jobling, chair of the Cornish Pasty Association.

“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.” 

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. Heats will take place during the week, with the grand finale scheduled on the main stage at the World Pasty Championships on 2 March.

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 the Cornish Pasty Association is asking people to nominate deserving crews.