Marmalade makers wanting to enter The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival have just over a fortnight left to perfect their citrusy concoctions, parcel up their jars and post them off for judging.
Entries for the 2011 World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival need to be received no later than Sunday 6 February and so a final a’peel’ is being made for last minute entrants to get their skates on. With a glut of recent headlines suggesting UK marmalade sales are falling, festival organisers are hoping to prove the preserve is still popular with Brits and that a growing number are now making their own.
They want to see last year’s record of over 800 amateur and commercial marmalade entrants from across the globe to the prestigious marmalade contest smashed. The Awards are part of this quintessentially British festival which is being held at the historic Dalemain Mansion, in the Lake District, UK on February 12th and 13th 2011. The event boasts appearances from Paddington Bear, marmalade-making demonstrations and workshops, as well as a Marmalade Church service and a Marmalade bonfire party.
Amateur entrants will each receive a scorecard showing marks for taste, colour and set and the top marks will be awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. Best in Show receives a silver gilt cup presented by the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers. Each category winner also gets a special prize.
Judging for the amateur categories will be undertaken by a prestigious panel of judges including preserving expert and author Pam Corbin, Tiptree managing director Walter Scott and Dan Lepard, award-winning baker and Guardian food writer who will taste the hundreds of expected entries.
Further entry details including a downloadable entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found by visiting: www.marmaladeawards.com. All amateur entry fees will be donated to charity. The 2011 beneficiaries are Hospice at Home and Action Medical Research.
Tickets are still available for the Marmalade bonfire party, with delicious eats and mulled wine, which will be held on Saturday 12th February 6pm– 8pm, £10 for adults, children free entrance.