It’s Seville orange time, which probably means there’s a whole heap of marmalade making going on around the country. And if you think your marmalade is one to be reckoned with, then you still have time to enter The World’s Original Marmalade Awards.
No, I had no idea either, but these awards are being held Dalemain Mansion and Gardens in Cumbria on the 12th and 13th February this year. You have until 5 February to make your submission, and it sounds like entries have been flooding in from around the world. There are classes for homemade marmalade, as well as for artisan producers, and even an award for poems and stories involving marmalade.
And if you fancy a weekend away, or live nearby, then it really is a “jam” packed weekend of activity. You can see the entries, meet the WI judges, even a meet and greet with the great marmalade lover, Paddington Bear. There are also some great lectures on the Saturday, including “A Taste of Marmalades Past” with food historian Ivan Day and Dan Lepard demonstrating the best bread for marmalade.
Worried it’ll be nippy in Cumbria in February? Well, Saturday night won’t be as they’re having a Marmalade Bonfire Party. Sounds more appealing than most Bonfire Nights!
If you think you need to get into production, then Jam Jar Shop have a marmalade mega pack on offer, giving you 48 jars, labels and a muslin. And if you need a bit of tutoring, or a bit of inspiration, then there’s still time to get on the Marmalade Magic course in February.
Great marmalade photo by Amanda Slater on Flickr.