Our #inspirationalwomen marmalade makers! You can buy their beautiful marmalade now at F&M – link in my Instagram profile to the F&M online store, or at their Piccadilly flagship. So…a huge congratulations to our @fortnums @dalemainmansion #MarmaladeAwards very best-in-show home-made and the top gold commercial winners, here having their picture taken at the F&M breakfast (from left to right) Ikuko Tatsuta from Tatsuta Jam, Japan, (Top Gold Winner, Artisan Category, for her Yuzu Marmalade) Claire Plover from Galore Foods (Top Gold Winner, Artisan Category, for her Blood Orange Marmalade) Jo Aldhouse (Winner of the home-made Double Gold Dalemain Award, for her Nina Orange Marmalade with @Talisker Single Malt) Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the #MarmaladeAwards Sarah Churchill from @TheArtisanKitchen (Joint Double Gold Winner, Artisan Category, for her Seville Orange Aperol Marmalade) Clare Gault from Clare’s Preserves (Triple Gold Winner, Artisan Category, for her Pink Gin Marmalade; Seville Marmalade with Dartmoor Honey; and Lemon Dartmoor Honey & Ginger Marmalade) Lynne Allen from Lady Waterford Preserves (Joint Double Gold Winner, Artisan Category, for her Seville Orange & Beetroot Marmalade)
For 11 years now, celebrating home preserve making and raising money for charity have been – to put our goals in a “jam jar” – the aim of The Dalemain World Marmalade Awards. However, we’re also very proud that Britain’s most famous and respected grocer, Fortnum & Mason, help us to get our double-gold winning jars out to a wider audience. So each year the double-gold winner in the homemade category, alongside some of the very best of the commercial artisan category entries, are chosen to be sold at Fortnum’s iconic Piccadilly store. And for the homemade winner their marmalade is produced in small-batch quantities by Thursday Cottage. If you go to the Fortnum’s website you can see all of the jars on sale, and even buy them online.
Something you may not know is that Fortnum’s has a very long history of supporting artisan food makers, long before it became fashionable, and arguably right from their beginning in 1707. When I really got into my baking groove in the late 1990s, I worked at a place called Baker & Spice (back then in Chelsea’s Walton Street), and it was Fortnums that approached us at the beginning, before anyone else had noticed, to supply them with freshly baked outstanding croissants, brioche, sourdough and baguettes. What ingredients we used, what methods were involved, all of this was utterly important to them and still today it’s deeply reassuring to know that their values haven’t changed.
The jars on sale at Fortnums are a brilliant way to showcase Britain’s skilled and dedicated home and small-producer marmalade making, and huge success with visitors to the store – especially from overseas – want want to take home an equally iconic British preserve. So tucked away in their luggage is often one of our winners jars, and it’s sweet to know that right now, somewhere around the world, those jars and the marmalade they contain is being enjoyed today.