1&2 March 2014 www.marmaladeawards.com @MarmaladeAwards


Organiser of the Marmalade Awards predicts boom year for preserve

“I’m putting two jars of Marmalade in to the Marmalade awards this year,” our in house baker Vanessa Kimbell told me, “ because great bread deserves great marmalade, and having just run a course here a The Kitchen Garden School with marmalade expert Vivien Lloyd I have really high hopes.”

Certainly at Bakerybits HQ we love our marmalade, although there is some disagreement about which is best, it seems Vanessa likes her thin cut whilst I like mine thick. Oh yes .. thick is best. I’m kind of a thick cut well toasted multigrain loaf with unsalted butter kind of a chap with a mug of strong coffee … where as it seems Vanessa for Vanessa only sourdough made with 50% Khorason lightly toasted with salted butter with a cup of Earl Grey tea will do. How do you like your marmalade?

Entries are still open for the awards, which hail the preserve in all its sticky glory. The closing date for entries is 13th February 2014. Everyone who enters a jar gets their preserve tasted and judged by experts, and then gets sent a personalised mark card with feedback on how the marmalade can be improved - or if you are lucky, a gold, silver or bronze award. Last year over 1,900 jars were entered. The double gold star winner gets their marmalade made by a commercial kitchen and is then stocked at Fortnum & Mason – and 50p from every jar sold goes to charity.

There is a wide range of categories for artisan, B&B/hotel owners and amateur marmalade makers to enter in the competition. Categories include ‘Dark & Chunky’, ‘Man-made’, ‘1st Timers’ and ‘Merry’ and new for 2014 - ‘Organic Orange’ to champion the fruit from Spanish Seville growers; ‘Citrus with interesting additions’ – including home-grown ingredients; ‘Marmalade Hall of Fame’ for professional or amateur thespians.

The awards have raised money for two worthwhile causes: Hospice at Home and Paddington’s favourite charity Action Medical Research, with proceeds from amateur entry fees going direct to charity. Since the contest was launched nine years ago by Jane, over £120,000 has been raised for charities. And this year anyone entering from Scotland can put part of their amateur entry fee towards Marie Curie Scotland

If you are lucky enough to live within in travel distance of the Marmalade Festival it is held (1 & 2 March 2014), held at Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith in the Lake District, You will get the chance to view the entries, taste over 200 different marmalades, attend workshops, cruises on the lake with marmalade and wine tasting, lectures and even a marmalade church service and the whole event will be well rooted in the Spanish Seville.

The event kicks off National Marmalade Week (1-8 March 2014), overseen by the awards’ organisers, which encourages people to try, buy or make marmalade.

Vanessa does have a secret up her sleeve though.. “ I’m going to add a few drops of the Arancio Extra Calabria to my marmalade, to make it extra orangey. It doesn’t need much and I’m sure it will really make it more intense.” So whether you are making marmalade for fun, or you are in the competitive mood enjoy. Seville season is but a few weeks of the year and it certainly brings some cheer to a kitchen when it’s cold outside.

Closing date for entries is 13th February 2014. Further entry details including an entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found at www.marmaladeawards.com.

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