MARMALADE AT DALEMAIN
Wednesday January 19th 2011, 1:57 pm

650 jars of marmalade in a stately home - Dalemain Marmalade Festival 2010

The marmalade making season is now full on. I don’t need a whole cupboard full of Seville orange marmalade, just around 8-10 jars will keep me going throughout the year and a few jars for my Mum. I have a couple of other marmalade recipes I like to make as well, so there is never a shortage in my house. Last year I made my lemon, fig & lavender maramalade and pink grapefruit, rhubarb and cardamon , especially to enter in the Marmalade festival at Dalemain Mansion, Nr Penrith. The lemon, fig & lavender marmalade didn’t score too well at the festival, even though it has been a big hit elsewhere, has been chosen to be included in a canning book out later in the year in Canada, and provided the inspiration for a few other canners who tweaked the instructions to suit themselves but came back with a resounding thumbs up. It is quite a robust marmalade and perhaps just wasn’t citrussy enough for the Dalemain judges. I did receive a little scorecard back after the event but unfortunately it has become lost in the mists of time on my desk, so I can tell you no more than that.

Entries - Dalemain Marmalade Festival 2010

The pink grapefruit, rhubarb & cardamon marmalade did quite well in the ‘romantic’ category and has now become a running joke in my family as the scorecard said ‘nice try’. But it is the taking part that is important and Dalemain has become such a well publicised event for all sorts of worthy reasons that I would encourage anyone to participate and if possible go there and see what an extraordinary sight it is; tables laden with more jars of glowing amber preserves than you can possibly imagine in a grand English stately home setting. The event is now so well established that jars are sent in from all over the world, with entries from Japan, Australia and the US. Last year the tally was over 650 entries from amateur makers with a third of those entries being from men.

the clergy category - Dalemain Marmalade Festival 2010

In last years Clergy class, despite divine intervention, Mr Ingham was let down by his ‘peel slightly undercooked’.

The categories have changed this year, so alongside category 1, ‘thin cut Seville orange marmalade’, category 6 has a ‘peers & political’ theme, and category 7 a ‘military’ vibe. I imagine the titles are open to interpretation, but last years ‘B & B’ category (not included this year) was for boarding house proprietors and ‘clergy’ (included again this year) is presumably for right reverends men (and women) of the cloth or their housekeepers. Anyway, I’m fancying category 11, ‘inventive’ and perhaps some trad thin cut Seville this year. You can find my recipe for this classic here.

Entries - Dalemain Marmalade Festival 2010

The Marmalade Festival at Dalemain Mansion, Nr Penrith, Cumbria takes place Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th February 2011 10am-4pm See their website here for more information and to download the form to accompany your entry, which needs to reach them by 6th February. The event is held in aid of the Hospice at Home, Carlisle and North Lakeland.
You can also find details on the website of special events taking place with Pam ‘the jam’ Corbin demonstrating how make the perfect marmalade and Dan Lepard, baker extraordinaire, showing how to make the perfect loaf to serve with it.

Dan Lepard, as country farmer amongst the aconites at Dalemain, 2010.

Dan Lepard - Baker extraordinaire




what a fantastic event – good luck! :)

Comment by tigress 01.19.11 @ 2:17 pm

How intimidating! Hundreds of jars from around the world all specializing in marmalade! I have lots of confidence in you Gloria. You go! Love that you actually get feedback on your entry. Here, how the judges choose is something of a mystery.

Comment by Rebecca 01.19.11 @ 3:41 pm

I would love to enter the penrith marmalade show but I won’t have finished my book so anything worthwhile or enjoyable is out except for reading your blog and admiring and wondering at your endless talents. but best of all is having a laugh at 1 50am whilst reading it.

Comment by deborah s m 01.20.11 @ 2:52 am

Ohhh…all those jars of marmalade look so beautiful! I like the fact that they have all kinds of different categories to enter ~ it must keep it interesting. Wish you the best of luck and can’t wait to hear how you make out!

Comment by The Turnbulls 01.20.11 @ 4:23 pm

Good morning.
What a wonderful post about the marmalade. Although I cannot see your scorecard, but it’s great to see another blogger photographing it.

This was my card from last year which I hope to improve upon: http://gillthepainter.blogspot.com/2010/02/world-marmalade-festival-2010-at.html

And I’m entering the inventive category this year.

I’ll be there painting if the weather is OK on the Sunday. It snowed on me last year.
Do you have a Laundry stand Gloria, that I can look out for??

Any way. The best of luck to you for this year.
Gill.

Comment by GillthePainter 01.22.11 @ 10:34 am