Could your homemade Scottish marmalade be “THE WORLD’S BEST MARMALADE 2014”?
Enter a jar & help raise money for Marie Curie in Scotland!
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.
Entries are now open for the 9th World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival, sponsored by Scottish marmalade maker Mackays, which hails 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 they 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 then stocked at Fortnum & Mason – and 50p from every jar sold goes to charity.
There are categories for artisan, B&B/hotel owners as well as homemade marmalade makers to enter and this year any amateur entrant entering from Scotland can put their entry fee towards Marie Curie in Scotland.
At the 2013 Awards, marmalade fans Helen and Bob Pass won the B&B/Hotel competition with their unusual apricot and amaretto marmalade, made at Dalqueich Farmhouse, just outside Kinross. Helen said: “We have been making marmalades, jams and chutneys for over 30 years and were so thrilled to win this international competition, especially as Seville orange marmalade originated in Scotland.” Their winning marmalade has since gone from strength to strength. As well as being a favourite with their B&B guests it is now sold by Ardross Farm Shop on the Fife coast.
2014 is set to be a golden year for marmalade with a growing interest in not only making preserves at home but also a steep rise in exports of British marmalade abroad.
Marmalade maker Mackays, based in the Dundee area of Scotland, has seen a significant increase in exports to countries such as Japan, Germany, Denmark, USA and the Czech Republic. Martin Grant, Managing Director of Mackays, said: “We’re seeing a significant uplift in marmalade sales internationally as we are the last remaining producer of Dundee Orange Marmalade in the area and I think our heritage, coupled with the fact we still make our preserves using traditional copper pans, is the key.”
The most famous marmalade lover of them all, Paddington Bear presides over the Festival itself making guest appearances and readings from his adventures. Visitors to the Marmalade Festival (1 & 2 March 2014), 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 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.
Closing date for entries is 13th February 2014. Further entry details including an entry form, category criteria, submission details, entry fees and entry drop-off points can be found at www.marmaladeawards.com.
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Marie Curie Cancer Care Supporting Scotland
For over 40 years, Marie Curie Cancer Care has been a leading provider of end of life care in Scotland. The charity supports patients in their own homes as well as through two hospices in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Both hospices have recently been fully refurbished allowing nurses and health care professionals to provide expert free care in a modern environment, with improved standards of privacy and dignity for patients.
Each hospice specialises in providing holistic care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as motor neurone and heart disease. In addition to managing symptoms such as pain, staff look after the emotional, spiritual and social needs of both in and out-patients and their families, providing services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social services, bereavement counselling and chaplaincy. Marie Curie also works hard to ensure that those patients who are able to go home after a stay in the hospice can do so.
In addition to the two hospices, Marie Curie employs more than 250 nurses, across Scotland, to provide care and support to people with end of life illnesses, within the comfort of their own home, preventing the need for hospital stays.
Between 2012-13 Marie Curie nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals cared for 4,425 people in Scotland as well as providing support for their families. This care is provided free of charge and is available to anyone with a terminal illness, not just cancer.
As a world leader in researching better ways to care for patients at the end of their life, Marie Curie also campaigns for better end of life care in Scotland. In particular, everyone’s right to choose to die at home.
If you or anyone you know would like to access Marie Curie services please speak to your GP or District Nurse.
Last changed: Jan 09 2014 at 5:01 PM