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04 April 2017 05:30

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 04 April 2017 06:00

Local preserves company Butterfly and the Bee is toasting their success having received a prestigious food award at the 12th World’s Original Marmalade Awards celebrations at Dalemain. With record entries from around the globe, this Award proves that their marmalade really is world class.

Butterfly and the Bee from London has just scooped a Gold and Silver award in the 12th World’s Original Marmalade Awards. Butterfly and the Bee won one of the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades for its Orange Marmalade and Orange Honey & Vanilla Marmalade which impressed judges with its appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour.

The results of this year’s Marmalade Awards in Cumbria prove that far from going out of fashion, quality marmalade is loved not only in Britain but around the world, where is fast becoming an international obsession. Cumbria was delighted to welcome marmalade makers from as far afield as Lebanon and Columbia for the Marmalade Awards & Festival on 18th & 19th March. Family marmalade makers and key sponsors Mackays themselves export to over 80 countries across Asia, Australasia, Europe, America and the Middle East, proving that the championing of marmalade abroad has clearly been a huge success.

Martin Grant, MD of Mackays said: “Well done to all the winners of this year’s World Marmalade Awards 2017. It’s been another successful year of marmalade making which Mackays is so proud to be a part of yet again.”

Michael Donnelly said: “I am delighted to win the Gold and Silver Dalemain awards. We put a lot of effort to ensure that we create amazing flavours, with the best quality produce and ingredients.”

The Artisan judges for 2017 were a prestigious panel of food industry experts, including Sam Rosen-Nash from Fortnum & Mason and Dan Lepard, food writer and baking guru. The guest of honour at the festival was the Japanese Ambassador, who was delighted to attend and taste the many Japanese entries ahead of plans for a Dalemain sister festival of Marmalade in Japan.

Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards, said: “It has been wonderful to see how people’s love of marmalade has created a passionate community all around the world. It has been a great honour and joy to welcome so many marmalade makers to my home in Cumbria in celebration of such a well-loved preserve, and great fun to see the team at ‘Penrith Goes Orange’ taking the festival to another level with such an innovative and exciting family day out.”

The Awards are sponsored by Mackays of Dundee, Tate & Lyle and Fortnum & Mason, and are proud to raise money for palliative care around the world. This year’s key beneficiaries include Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakes and Marie Curie Scotland, and to date the Awards have raised well over £200,000 for charity.

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About The Marmalade Awards: What are they all about?

The quirky 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.

The Awards have humor and a life of their own and have inspired people from all over the world to get involved. In 2017, almost 3,000 jars of marmalade were sent from countries as far away as South Korea, Greece, USA, Australia and Japan, while the Artisan Marmalade competition has 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. Dalemain Mansion displays all the golden and glorious homemade marmalades entered in the competition, plus all the best artisan marmalades from around the world. A selection of the artisan marmalades is available to taste for FREE and buy.

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