Minneapolis pasty shop headed to 'World Pasty Championships'

The popular shop is trying to raise money for the trip.
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First, just in case you don't know what a pasty is, it's a pastry filled with stuff — usually with some kind of meat — and the ones they make at a little shop in Dinkytown will be in the running for world's best soon.

Lands End Pastry Co., which is located in a tiny space on 4th St. SE, will be competing in the World Pasty Championships in Cornwall, England (the historical home of the popular treat) this March.

The shop, which opened in 2014, has been a huge hit with Minnesotans and British expatriates alike, with co-owner Jon Earl telling KARE 11 that "so many English people have told us we should go over there because we could give them a run for their money."

And so they will; the station says Earl and his nephew Pete Jacobson, who runs the shop with his uncle, will fly out on Feb. 28. 

It won't be their first time in the British Isles; as a matter of fact, Lands End was inspired by Earl's 2010 visit to a place called (you guessed it) Land's End, a landmark in western Cornwall, according to Twin Cities Daily Planet. 

The website says neither he nor his nephew had ever had pasties before, making Earl's trip to the home of the pasty a rather serendipitous one. 

But going back for the world championships isn't going to be cheap.

The restaurant has launched a GoFundMe to help Pete Jacobsen get to the competition; it's seeking $1,000 for the trip, and as of this writing, has raised $385 of it. 

The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2.

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