As part of the city-wide celebrations on St Piran’s Day 2022, we are looking forward to hosting a bumper market on Saturday 5th March. We’re also pleased to announce an exciting new element to the day’s events – a pasty-making competition!

Anyone is welcome to take part and there will be two categories, ‘Cornwall’ and ‘Rest Of The World’, with competitors invited to show their excellence in traditional Cornish pasty-making or take an experimental approach by introducing flavours and ingredients from anywhere in the world. There will be prizes for the winners in both categories.

This fun competition will be a great way to honour St Piran’s Day as the National Day of Cornwall, and also celebrate diversity and Cornwall’s global outlook. Here at market, we have producers with international roots and influences, and we’re hoping some of them will get involved as well as members of the public. Please come and show us what you can do with the humble Cornish pasty!

Competitors are asked to bring their ready-to-eat pasty (hot or cold) to the market on Lemon Quay between 10am – midday on market day, where they’ll find a dedicated judging area; the winner will be announced by Truro Town Crier Lionel Knight at the end of judging, and also revealed on social media later that day.

Members of the Buscombe family from The Cornish Mill & Bakehouse, where four generations work together to produce an amazing range of bread, cakes, biscuits and delicious pasties, will be amongst the judging panel.

David Buscombe said: “Across both categories we’ll be looking for good crimping skills, great quality ingredients and excellent taste as the key features of a fantastic pasty. For the ‘rest of the world’ category I’m looking forward to tasting some interesting modern versions with a global flavour!”

The special market itself is part of Truro’s wider St Piran’s Day celebrations, which include a parade, a shop window competition and free workshops, with events and activities taking place across the city. For further details follow @trurostpiransday on Facebook.

Our market will run from 9am – 4pm in its usual spot on Lemon Quay; the event will be a larger version of the regular Saturday market, with a bumper array of stalls plus extra street food and live music.

Our food, drink, arts and crafts stallholders will be joined by vintage tractors, a brass band and street entertainers, for a family-friendly day out with a festival feel. We look forward to seeing you there!

Coming Soon: St Piran’s Day Market & Pasty-Making Competition!

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