A record number of marmalade makers from all over the world have sent in their jars to be judged at this year’s The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival, giving a big sticky thumbs up to this most British of preserves.

Paddington bear meets up with Mary Walker of the Llama Karma Kafe,Brougham,Penrith and her Llamas Rico and Bilby and two members of the El Condor band Vlabimir Cativo and Gary Guzman.

More than 2,000 jars have been sent by amateur marmalade makers to the organisers of the quirky awards & festival which are being held next weekend at Dalemain Mansion near Penrith, Cumbria. Entries have come from as far afield as Australia, the Philippines, South Africa, Japan and South Korea.

This year has also seen an increased number of artisan marmalade entries compared to last year, a sign that the Awards are now setting the standard for marmalade, recognised nationally and internationally.

All of the award winners will be announced at 11am on Saturday 1st March 2014. The Marmalade awarded Double Gold will be offered the opportunity to sell their marmalade at Fortnum & Mason.

The Marmalade Festival takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March from 10am-4pm. Highlights include the award ceremony; a 10k Marmalade run, a marmalade question time; workshops on marmalade and bread making; farmers’ food market; readings of  Paddington Bear, and over 400 marmalades to taste. Judging of the ‘MarmalAshes’ will also take place on Saturday morning when marmalades sent in from Australia will be pitched against those from the UK.

The event kicks off National Marmalade Week which runs from 1st to 8th March and is aimed at encouraging more people to taste, buy and make marmalade.

Organiser Jane Hasell-McCosh said: “Yet again we have been amazed by the enthusiasm and support of marmalade makers all over the world for this wonderful competition.  We look forward to welcoming people to Dalemain over the festival to celebrate this great preserve.  We must also look to the future and make sure that the Seville oranges of Seville continue to be grown for this ever increasing market.”

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For further information or if you would like to visit the Festival (1st & 2nd March 2014) please contact Emma Mason PR:

 

Emma Mason:    07762 117433 / emma@emmamasonpr.co.uk

Louise Barnett:   07713 742685 / louise@emmamasonpr.co.uk

Marmalade Awards on Twitter – @MarmaladeAwards

And on Facebook – WorldMarmaladeAwards

 

Last changed: Oct 07 2014 at 11:18 AM

Paddington bear meets up with Mary Walker of the Llama Karma Kafe,Brougham,Penrith and her Llamas Rico and Bilby and two members of the El Condor band Vlabimir Cativo and Gary Guzman.