Saturday, 29 August 2015

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Marmalade flies in for Cumbrian festival

It has been a record haul at this year’s World Marmalade Awards, with more than 2,000 jars sent in by amateur marmalade-makers.

Jane Hasell-McCosh photo
Jane Hasell-McCosh

Entries for the awards, hosted as part of the Marmalade Festival at Dalemain, near Penrith, have been submitted from as far afield as Australia, the Philippines, South Africa, Japan and South Korea.

This year has also seen an increased number of artisan marmalade entries compared to last year – a sign which, organisers claim, shows the awards are now setting the standard for marmalade both nationally and internationally.

The Marmalade Festival takes place next weekend, and the award winners will be revealed at 11am on the Saturday. The artisan marmalade maker awarded Double Gold will be offered the opportunity to sell their wares at Fortnum & Mason.

Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh said: “Yet again we have been amazed by the enthusiasm and support of marmalade-makers all over the world for this wonderful competition. We look forward to welcoming people to Dalemain over the festival to celebrate this great preserve.

“We must also look to the future and make sure that the Seville oranges of Seville continue to be grown for this ever increasing market.”

Aside from the anticipated awards ceremony, the festival also includes a 10k marmalade run; marmalade question time;workshops on marmalade and bread making; farmers’ food market; cookery demonstrations; readings of Paddington Bear; and the opportunity to sample more than 400 marmalades, free.

Judging of the ‘MarmalAshes’ when marmalades from Australia are pitched against those from the UK will also take place on Saturday morning.



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