Marmalade Festival 2016

Do you love marmalade? Do you think your preserve is a cut above the rest? Have you got a shred of evidence on which to base your boast?

Well we think we’ve got just the thing that will appeal – an opportunity to pit yourself against the best marmalade makers from across the globe and pip everyone else to the post…by entering The World’s Original Marmalade Festival 2016.

Entries for the 2016 awards are now open and jars from every type of marmalade maker are welcome with categories catering for children, the serious artisan, commercial producers, B&B owners, Chefs and even those from abroad in the ‘World’ class.

The Homemade categories for the 2016 contest include several new classifications, such as ‘Mature Marmalade’, a category specially created for marmalade lovers in their 80’s and older! There’s also a new ‘World’ category to reflect the truly international appeal of making the fruity preserve.

Kids won’t miss out either with the addition of a new Design a Marmalade Label competition, alongside old favourite ‘Marmalade Making’, overseen by that lovable Peruvian bear, Paddington.

For the first time ever Marmalade HQ have also included a series of Chef categories to encourage the nation’s top professional cooks to don their whites, roll up their sleeves and see who will be crowned top Marmalade maker.  One thing is for certain these categories promise to be hotly contested with some interesting prizes up for grabs from the world’s most luxurious department store, Fortnum & Mason.

Plans for the 2016 Festival (19 – 20 March) are now being finalised and we can promise our biggest and best Festival yet… all will be revealed in the coming weeks as we announce the details of our ‘Marmalade Fringe’… so keep your eyes peeled for more info… or visit: stay up to date and follow us on Twitter @MarmaladeAwards

Everyone who sends in a jar gets their marmalade tasted by a panel of expert judges and then gets sent a personalised mark card with feedback on how the marmalade can be improved – or if they are lucky a bronze, silver or gold award! Guest judges for 2016 include Pam Corbin, Dan Lepard and Ivan Day.

The overall winners of the competition get their marmalade sold at the iconic grocer, Fortnum & Mason in London.  Their recipe will be carefully reproduced and sold on those revered shelves with a percentage of profits going to charity.

Last year a record 2,700 jars of the golden preserve were submitted from around the globe. Marmalade winged its way to Marmalade HQ in Cumbria from as far afield as India, New York and Japan, as well as from a little closer to home including the Highlands to London.

Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh said: “Marmalade is part of the UK’s rich food heritage and the awards now in their 11th year celebrate that in all its glory. With the addition of several new Homemade categories and the introduction of the new Chef’s categories I’m delighted to say that signs are promising for another very busy competition, with entries arriving already!’’

If you enter the awards, you are also helping to raise vital funds for three worthwhile charities; Hospice at Home, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Action Medical Research for children. ALL amateur entry fees go directly to each of these charities. Since the contest was launched ten years ago, over £150,000 has been raised; let’s make this a bumper year!

Big names supporting the event, include Mackays, the last remaining family-owned marmalade producer in Scotland, are supporting both the ‘Seville’ and ‘World’ categories. Pattesons Glass, manufacturers of a range of glass products for the food industry are supporting the ‘First Timers’ category, Fortnum & Mason the world renowned luxury retailer are supporting both the ‘Artisan’ and ‘Chef Categories’ and Laithwaites the wine merchants are supporting the ‘Merry Marmalade’ Category.

And the most famous marmalade lover of them all, Paddington Bear presides over the Festival itself making guest appearances throughout the weekend (19 – 20 March) at Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith in the Lake District.

The closing date for entries for the 2016 Festival is 14 February 2016 – definitely a date to remember for ALL Marmalade lovers around the globe. #LoveMarmalade


Photo enclosed: Mrs McCosh on the morning of Marmalade Festival at Dalemain

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