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A QUIRKY British festival celebrating the glories of good marmalade will be marking its 10th anniversary year in 2015 – and the country’s hotel, B&Bs and restaurant owners are being urged to jar up their marmalade to take part.                                                                                  

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival will be taking place on 28th February and 1st March 2015 and entries to the event’s B&B/hotel competition are now being sought. Open to any hospitality establishment that serves its own kitchen-made marmalade to guests, the Mrs Bridges-sponsored competition attracts entries from all over the world.

Past winners have included B&Bs in Somerset, Kinross, Cumbria,Suffolk, Wiltshire and Yorkshire and as part of the Festival’s 10thanniversary year celebrations, organisers will be creating an online ‘Where to Stay/Eat? Marmalade Map’ so potential guests wanting a top-notch breakfast, can find out where these businesses are based.

Since the Awards and Festival were first held in 2005, entries have risen sharply, with over 2,000 received from over 30 countries across the globe at this year’s Festival, including scores of jars from B&Bs and hotels.

Event founder Jane Hasell-McCosh said: “Staying somewhere and being given really lovely marmalade is an experience that is both memorable but also sadly quite rare.  My campaign is to find those really good places to stay where all the breakfast ingredients including good marmalade are top quality.  After all it has been part of our cultural food heritage for hundreds of years and should not be undervalued or overlooked and this is an opportunity for a hotel or Bed and Breakfast to attain recognition.”

Previous winners of the B&B/Hotel competition have already seen the business benefits of scooping a marmalade award.

Sara Thomas, last year’s Double Gold & Gold Winner from Woodford House Bed & Breakfast in Taunton, said “Winning Gold and Double Gold in The World’s Original Marmalade Awards has been a real boost to the marmalade that I serve to my guests.  On all visitor comments the marmalade is always mentioned and I have sold so much marmalade to my customers, which has been amazing.”

The 10th anniversary year celebrations will also extend to the Marmalade Awards & Festival event itself, held at Dalemain Mansion, near Penrith in the Lake District (28th Feb/1st March). Visitors will get the chance to view the entries, taste over 500 marmalades, attend workshops, lectures and tutored marmalade and wine tastings.  Plans are afoot for a marmalade run, a marmalade church service and of course the most famous marmalade lover of them all, Paddington Bear presiding over the 10thanniversary year Magnificent Marmalade Tea Party.

The event will be kicking off National Marmalade Week (28th February -7th March 2015), with a ‘Marmalade Peel of Bells’ that will resound around the country starting with hand bells at Dalemain and ending with the Great Bell of Bow, of Oranges & Lemons nursery rhyme fame. National Marmalade Week, overseen by the awards’ organisers, encourages people to try, buy or make marmalade.

The Awards & Festival are sponsored by Mackays of Dundee, Mrs Bridges Marmalade, Fortnum and Mason, Paddington and the wine merchants Laithwaite’s, all UK family-owned businesses. The awards have raised over £150,000 over the last 10 years for Hospice at Home and palliative care around the world, Action Medical Research for children and Marie Curie in Scotland.

Closing date for entries is 15th February 2015. Further entry details including an entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found at www.marmaladeawards.com

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For further information contact Claire Hexter at Dalemain on 017684 86450 marketing@dalemain.com

Last changed: Oct 07 2014 at 11:18 AM