For centuries Scotland has been the home of marmalade, with the preserve as we know it, first produced in Dundee, by the Keiller family in 1797. Now the nation’s modern day cooks are being challenged to prove their own homemade preserves are as good as their ancestors and enter a jar into the Marmalade Awards.

Big names supporting the event include Mackays, which is backing the Heritage category, this year thrown open to many of the UK’s Historic Houses. Owners will be challenged to dig into their archive and make a jar of their ancestors’ marmalade.

Mackays, one of the main sponsors of the Awards, is the last remaining producer of marmalade in the Dundee area. Martin Grant, Managing Director of Mackays, said: ” As passionate marmalade lovers and producers, with a proud Scottish heritage, we’d like to encourage all amateur marmalade makers to get into the kitchen and try their hand at making their own marmalade. We’d love entries from Scottish marmalade makers, who have family recipes dating back the generations.”

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

Entries to the 2013 awards are now open and jars from every type of marmalade maker are welcomed with categories catering for children, serious artisan and commercial producers, B&B owners and even those abroad in the international class. Homemade categories for the 2013 contest include Forces marmalade where the Army, Navy and RAF are invited to pit their marmalade against each other and the heritage category sponsored by Mackays, for recipes handed down through generations, as well as one for marmalade making novices.

Last year over 1,700 people entered the competition from Alaska to the British Virgin Islands, from the Highlands to Cornwall. Pensioner Hazel Rushton scooped the top prize in the homemade competition and Cranfield Foods beat off tough competition to top the artisan contest. Both now have their preserves stocked at Fortnum and Mason.

Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh said: “Making marmalade is part of Scotland’s cultural heritage so it would be lovely if we were to receive lots of Scottish entries this year.”

If you enter the awards, you also help raise money for two worthwhile charities, Hospice at Home and Action Medical Research for children. Proceeds from amateur entry fees go to charity since the contest was launched eight years ago by Jane, £90,000 has been raised.

And the most famous marmalade lover of them all, Paddington Bear presides over the Festival itself making guest appearances. Visitors to the Marmalade Festival (2 & 3 March 2013), held at Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith in the Lake District, get the chance to view the entries, taste over 200 different marmalades, attend workshops, lectures and even a marmalade church service.

The event kicks off National Marmalade Week (2-9 March 2013), overseen by the awards’ organisers, which encourages people to try, buy or make marmalade.Closing date for entries is 17 February 2013. Further entry details including an entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found at < .


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Mackays are a major sponsor of “The World’s Original Marmalade Awards”

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Last changed: Jan 24 2013 at 1:40 PM