Could your Marmalade be The World’s Best Marmalade 2016?
The World Marmalade Awards at Dalemain are even bigger this year, and in spite of floods are casting an orange ray of hope across the county. Now in its 11th year, the competition is open for all marmalade makers: from first time amateurs to small commercial artisan producers and hotel, B&B and restaurant owners.
The deadline for all entries is Valentines Day, Sunday February 14th 2016, so participants are encouraged to post their parcels as soon as possible. Alternatively, collection points where you can leave your marmalade packages to be delivered to the awards include Mackays (Arbroath), the UK’s largest producer and exporter of marmalade, Paddington Shop at Paddington station, The Westmorland Family Services at Tebay, Glouster and Cairn Lodge, and Pattesons Glass in Lincolnshire. Please go to our website for the full list. All entries will receive a mark card with judges’ comments, and a certificate.
The World Marmalade Awards have raised nearly £200,000 for hospice work around the world, and again this year all proceeds for the Homemade Award category go to Marie Curie Scotland, Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland, and Action Medical Research, so every entry makes a difference. There are 14 homemade categories, including Marmalade MacNab, to be eaten with meat, fish or fowl; and World Marmalade, sponsored by Mackays, which provides an opportunity for people to enter from all around the Globe – which they do, in their hundreds.
Jane Hasell-McCosh, organiser comments:
We launched this year’s World Marmalade Award season at Quo Vadis restaurant in London to bid farewell to the old marmalade and drink a fine winter’s toast to the new season’s Seville oranges. Our host Jeremy Lee, a judge at this year’s awards, is from Dundee, the home of family preserve makers Mackays, one of the last companies using the traditional method of steam heated copper pans.
The Hotel, B&B and Restaurant Competition, sponsored by Hudson’s Media (Signpost hotels) and InkREADibles labels, is going from strength to strength. New for 2016 are roundels awarded to the winners, a gift that promotes both the quality of the marmalade and the business itself.
Another exciting development is the new Artisan category, YOUNG CHEF. Entrants will need to create and produce a signature marmalade recipe, then write another recipe that uses their marmalade: from a savoury starter, a main course or a dessert. The winner of this category will have the opportunity to be trained for two days with Fortnum & Mason’s executive chef, with the potential for their recipe to be served at one of the store’s prestigious restaurants.
The Festival – a Golden Spring in the Lake District - will take place on 19th & 20th March 2016. It is expanding this year, to be held over 3 venues; Dalemain will remain the heart of the Awards, with all of the marmalade on display. Penrith town centre will be going orange, with Paddington of course in attendance. And Rheged Centre will be hosting an array of events, stalls and children’s activities. Just in case you cannot get to the festival this year, Dalemain will have the marmalade on display to view for three further weeks until 9th April.
The World Marmalade Awards & Festival are sponsored by the family-run Mackays of Dundee, the famous Fortnum & Mason, and Paddington Bear, alongside Pattesons Glass – our approved suppliers of marmalade jars – Hudson’s Media, Signpost Hotels and InkREADibles.