from amateur entry fees will be donated to charity. The 2013
beneficiaries are Hospice at Home and Action Medical Research.
The idea of entering and visiting the Marmalade Awards came out of some Twitter exchanges with Sue from A little bit of Heaven on a Plate and Karen from Lavender and Lovage. It’s not that far over the border for me to get to Dalemain Mansion near Penrith where the awards are held, so I was keen to attend. I managed to source some Seville oranges and duly sent off my pot of Seville Orange Marmalade.
The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion, a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes. The courtyard of Dalemain was set up with various stalls selling artisan foods and other related product. I met up with Sue in the courtyard…NO that’s not her, that’s an Alpaca!!! Sue likes to preserve a little mystery so there are no photos of her in this blog post. Unfortunately, Karen wasn’t able to join us, but we were able to meet up with Vivienne Lloyd, more of that later.
As well as the stalls, there was a marquee with workshops and lectures and the location of sponsors Mackays of Dundee.
As a child she helped her mother make marmalade year-round, a tradition she has
continued with her own three children.
standards of marmalade making, Jane decided six years ago to hold a small event
with her friends, celebrating this most British of preserve and, at the same
time, raising money for Hospice at Home. This became an annual event, growing
in size every year, and is now the largest of its kind in the world.
|Winning Merry Marmalade in same ‘commercial’ jar as my entry|
The Awards have inspired people from all over the world to get involved. In 2010, 800 jars of marmalade were sent in from countries far and wide including the Yukon – Canada, Japan, Australia, Spain and France. I overheard one of the organisers say that there were nearly 1500 entries this year.
|International Marmalade entries|
|Amazing Marmalade display in the dining room|
In the middle of the ‘madding crowds’ sat a huddle of judges, tasting and judging marmalade from Britain and Australia for the Marmalashes Award. That’s Vivienne Lloyd, author of First Preserves and winner of the 2008 Marmalade Festival, with Dan Lepard to her right.
Pam ‘the jam’ Corbin was also judging along with representatives from Fortnum and Mason and Mackays, the last remaining producer of marmalade in Dundee, the home of marmalade.
I loved this replica of Dalemain Mansion with the jars of Artisan marmalade in the the ‘windows’.
And here I am with a Marmalade coloured VW Beetle outside Dalemain, what a great day out!
Amateurs: Best in Show – Yen-Chung Chong; Man Made dark and chunky – Adrian
Young, Canberra, Australia; Man Made Seville -Tom Maier, Compton, West
Sussex; Children’s (sponsored by Paddington Bear) – Matthew Foster,
Stanwick, Northamptonshire and William Preston, Silsden, West Yorkshire;
Seville – Margaret Burke, Knutsford, Cheshire; Heritage (sponsored by
Mackays) – Mary & Nicholas Hart, Morden, Surrey; International (sponsored by Mackays) Tom Benford, Kyoto, Japan; Dark and Chunky –
Elizabeth Maclay, Andover, Hampshire; Merry – Yen-Chung Chong,
Brighton; Novice – Jane Boylan, Penrith, Cumbria; Any Citrus – Jonathan
Hamel Cooke, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire; Clergy – Rev James Milnes,
Macclesfield; Tri-Services – Colonel Kieran O’Kelly, Andover, Hampshire.
Artisan & Commercial Producers: Double Gold – Nase Dobroty
Nase Dobroty (Marmalade with Interesting Additions Bourbon and
Vanilla), Hubble Preserves (Fine Seville Orange Marmalade), Bracken Hill
Fine Foods (Savoury Marmalade Orange and Cider), Mary’s Marmalade
(Medium Seville and Any Citrus Grapefruit), Radnor Preserves (Medium
Seville, Any Citrus Blood Orange and Any Citrus Lime), Mrs Jampot’s
Parlour (Savoury Marmalade Clove and Cinnamon), JR Jams (Any Citrus
Marmalade Three Fruit), Jammy Bodger (Medium Seville), Jill’s Natural
Preserves (Marmalade with Interesting Additions with Somerset Brandy),
Love Jam Kitchen (Any Citrus Marmalade Pink Grapefruit), Wild &
Fruitful (Savoury Marmalade Thai Lime), Beta 5 Chocolates (Any Citrus
To find out more about the Marmalade Awards visit www.marmaladeawards.com.