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UK: Last call for marmalade makers to enter their culinary wares

-  Deadline for entries 6 February 2011 -
Marmalade makers wanting to enter The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival have just a fortnight left to perfect their citrusy concoctions, parcel up their jars and post them off for judging.
 
Entries for the 2011 World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival need to be received no later than Sunday 6 February and so a final a’peel’  is being made for last minute entrants to get their skates on. With recent headlines suggesting UK marmalade sales are falling festival organisers are hoping to prove the preserve is still popular with Brits and that a growing number are now making their own.
 
They want to see last year’s record of over 800 amateur and commercial marmalade entrants from across the globe to the prestigious marmalade contest smashed. The Awards are part of this quintessentially British festival which is being held at the historic Dalemain Mansion, in the Lake District, UK on February 12th and 13th 2011. The event boasts appearances from Paddington Bear, marmalade-making demonstrations and workshops, as well as a Marmalade Church service and a Marmalade bonfire party.    
 
Categories for the Awards include:
Artisan Competition rewarding the Double Gold winner with the unique opportunity to have their marmalade sold at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London. This sets a standard that is internationally recognised and offers a significant business opportunity for winning entrants.
 
Bed & Breakfast and Hotel Owners’ Competition, for those in the hospitality trade who serve their own preserves to guests, supported by Alastair Sawday’s and Farm Stay.
Amateur Competition comprising:
•    Thin Cut Seville Orange Marmalade (sponsored by Mackays)
•    Its A Family Affair (proceeds to Action Medical Research and sponsored by Robertson’s & Paddington Bear), where whole families, children with grandparents, mothers-in-laws, sons-in-laws…any family combination or groups of children with an adult (eg at school) can enter
•    Any Citrus Marmalade (Sponsored by Roses)
•    Dark &/or Chunky
•    Marmalade Man Made (Sponsored by Frank Coopers), with two categories: Seville; and Dark &/or Chunky
•    Peers & Political
•    Military
•    Merry (Sponsored by Laithwaites)
•    Clergy
•    International (sponsored by Mackays)
•    Inventive (Sponsored by Thursday Cottage)
Amateur entrants will each receive a scorecard showing marks for taste, colour and set and the top marks will be awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate.  Best in Show receives a silver gilt cup presented by the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers.  Each category winner also gets a special prize.
 
Judging for the amateur categories will be undertaken by a prestigious panel of judges including preserving expert and author Pam Corbin, Tiptree managing director Walter Scott and Dan Lepard, award-winning baker and Guardian food writer who will taste the hundreds of expected entries.  
Further entry details including a downloadable entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found by visiting: www.marmaladeawards.com.  All amateur entry fees will be donated to charity.  The 2011 beneficiaries are Hospice at Home and Action Medical Research.  
 
Tickets are still available for the Marmalade bonfire party, with delicious eats and mulled wine, which will be held on Saturday 12th February 6pm– 8pm, £10 for adults, children free entrance.

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