Posted: 24/03/2016

Aperol and beetroot are winning additions at marmalade awards

The Artisan Kitchen Seville Orange Aperol Marmalade
The Artisan Kitchen shared top honours with a bittersweet marmalade flavoured with Aperol, the Italian aperitif

Lady Waterford Preserves and The Artisan Kitchen shared top honours at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards, staged at Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria last weekend.

Both won a “double gold” award, and will be now be stocked by Fortnum & Mason in London, whose head buyer Tim French was among the judges.

Lady Waterford Preserves, based at The Old Dairy ‘country concept store’ in Northumberland, took its double gold in the artisan category for its orange & beetroot marmalade, which had also won a gold in the section for marmalades to go with savoury food – a growth area, according to the awards organisers.

Gloucestershire’s The Artisan Kitchen picked up eight golds, but claimed the joint top slot with its Seville orange Aperol marmalade. The bittersweet medium-cut product is made with Ave Maria Seville oranges finished with “a good slug” of Aperol, founder Sarah Churchill told FFD.

Other winners included Devon artisan maker Clare’s Preserves, which had three gold winners: lemon, Dartmoor honey & ginger marmalade, Seville orange marmalade with Dartmoor honey, and pink Exmoor gin marmalade. On the back of these wins, the company has also won a listing with Fortnum & Mason – its first outside Devon.

Clares Preserves Marmalade gold winners
Gold winners included Clare’s Preserves, with three products featuring ingredients from other West Country artisan firms

“I’m delighted with the results, but I’m particularly pleased that the gold winners all recognise other local producers, like Peter Hunt’s Dartmoor Honey and Exmoor Wicked Wolf Gin,” owner Clare Gault said.

Two other marmalades were awarded listings with Fortnums: Japanese company Tatsuta, for its Yuzu marmalade, and Galore! Foods for its blood orange marmalade.

The awards, in their 11th year, saw nearly 3,000 entries for 2016, with separate sections for homemade marmalades, artisan-scale commercial producers and hotels and restaurants.

Following growing interest in the annual celebration of all things marmalade, the competition expanded this year, with activities taking place at Dalemain Mansion as well as the Rheged Centre, a Lake District visitor attraction owned by the Westmorland Group, which also runs Tebay Farm Shop and the Gloucester Services Farm Shop.

Events included an artisan food market, talks and family events and cooking demonstrations inspired by marmalade.

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