The second annual Cornish Pasty Week kicked off yesterday (24 February), with mascots Mr and Mrs Pasty taking on England’s longest and fastest zip-wire at the Eden Project.

This year, the mascots will be on a tour of Cornwall, taking on challenges and trying traditional Cornish pastimes across the county.

The week, which is devised and run by the Cornish Pasty Association, will also feature a search for the World’s Fastest Crimper, with heats taking place tomorrow morning (26 February) at Heartlands, Pool.

The four crimpers with the fastest fingers will take their places on stage for the final crimp-off at the World Pasty Championships, taking place at the Eden Project on Saturday 2 March.

The World Pasty Championships is now in its eighth year, and attracts hundreds of professional and amateur pasty-makers from Cornwall, the UK and across the world.

“Crimping is a real art, often handed down from generation to generation,” said Jason Jobling, chair of the Cornish Pasty Association.

“Some professional crimpers can work at an astonishing speed – up to nine pasties a minute is possible – but still produce a remarkably consistent style. We felt it was time to shine a light on all those who work in the Cornish pasty industry in this critical role.”