The World’s Original International Marmalade Awards at Dalemain
Myrtle’s Kitchen is celebrating, having beaten entrants from over 40 countries to receive a prestigious Gold award at the 15th World’s Original Marmalade Awards. The competition had its most successful year yet, receiving record entries into both the Artisan and B&B competitions. Over 3000 entries in total from all around the globe. With entries from countries including Lebanon, Japan, the USA, Argentina, Senegal and Australia. This Award proves that their marmalade really is world class.
Myrtle’s Kitchen has just scooped a Gold award in the 15th World’s Original Marmalade Awards. They’ve won one of the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades for their Seville Orange with Whisky in the Artisan competition. They impressed the judges with its appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour.
The competitions were a huge success even though the festival sadly had to be cancelled due to growing concerns about the Coronavirus. The winners were announced as usual in the press and on the Dalemain website on 14th March, following a private Award ceremony. Festival organisers are already making plans for a citrus celebration later in the year. They also hope to be able to welcome all Award winners to Dalemain in 2021 for a double celebration.
Owner for Myrtle’s Kitchen, Jane Raven, said they were delighted to win the award:
“We are so pleased to have won this award against such strong competition from all over the world. We won a Silver Medal last year for our Lemon and Lime Marmalade so a Gold is the icing on the cake. Here at Myrtle’s Kitchen, we have been making our preserves for 6 years and marmalade is a relatively new introduction to our range. This marmalade was invented for Liberty, London for their Christmas Range. It is now in the Myrtle’s selection because we love it so much.
I believe the secret to our delicious marmalade is that we care about the ingredients we use. We know exactly where the organic oranges are grown and then they are shredded by hand in our Herefordshire based kitchen. Our preserve pans are at the ready to make lots more jars. Please do grab a pot either at local stockists or at our online shop, www.myrtleskitchen/shop.
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Excitingly this year, I’m also planning to develop a range of vegetarian pastries. They will incorporate our products including a sweet option, “Pear and Chocolate Orange Pithivier”. This will, of course, contain the award winning marmalade!”
The Artisan and B&B judges for 2020 were a prestigious panel of food industry experts. They included Fortnum & Mason grocery buyer Sarah Metcalf, Waitrose consultant and chocolatier Will Torrent, Award-winning food writer and chef Olivia Potts and longstanding Awards patron Dan Lepard, food writer and baking guru.
Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards, said:
‘It has been a special joy to announce this year’s Award winners. We have been absolutely staggered by the quality and standard of entries into the 2020 Marmalade Awards. There have been so many delicious flavours and ingredients, and so many highly skilled producers. They should be incredibly proud of their products, and their achievements. The Artisan and B&B Awards have always been about championing small producers who are making high quality products. In the current circumstances I think it is more important than ever that people support them. Every jar is made with so much love, all over the world.’
The Awards are sponsored by Fortnum & Mason and are proud to raise money for palliative care around the world. This year’s key beneficiary is once again Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland. To date the Awards have raised well over £250,000 for palliative care around the world.
For more information about the Marmalade Awards visit www.marmaladeawards.com
A bit about the awards:
The World’s Original Marmalade Awards were founded in 2005 to help to preserve, grow and widen one of the most British of customs – marmalade making. From small beginnings they have grown into an internationally renowned and highly acclaimed event. They also have support from leading companies such as Fortnum & Mason, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers and Paddington Bear.
The Awards have humour and a life of their own and have inspired people from all over the world to get involved. In 2019 almost 3,000 jars of marmalade were sent from countries as far away as South Korea, Botswana, Japan, Australia and the Philippines. The Artisan Marmalade competition has always helped to promote small producers around the world. Judged by a small panel of experts, Dalemain roundels denote marmalade of exemplary quality.
At the heart of the Awards & Festival is Dalemain Mansion. A Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years and the holder of a rich archive of early marmalade recipes. Visitors to Dalemain Mansion will find a selection of the finest artisan marmalades available to taste and buy.