Sat 1st Feb 2014
Paddington bear was particularly fond of marmalade sandwiches. Then there was a band called Marmalade that was big in the 60s and 70s. But it is at the annual Marmalade extravaganza where the preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits really comes into its own. Now in its 9th year, the extravaganza, held at the Dalemain Mansion and Gardens in Cumbria, England, sees the best marmalades from all over the world compete in the World Marmalade Awards.
Crossogue Preserves would have made Paddington proud last weekend with a gold and eight other wins. Against nearly 2,000 other entries, it claimed a top prize for its mouth-watering Lime and Tequila Thick Cut marmalade.
The judging panel, comprising distinguished preserve experts and tasters, were decisive in awarding the accolade to Crossogue in the "Marmalade for Savoury Food" category.
The Tipperary-based preserves producing company also received five silver awards for its Seville Thick Cut, Seville Fine Cut, Seville Onion, Seville Apple and Four-Fruit Jelly marmalades. The Lime & Tequila Thin Cut marmalade received a bronze prize. Two other marmalades received a commended award: the Medium Cut Seville and Four-Fruit marmalade.
Commenting on the gold and eight other awards, Crossogue Preserves’ Managing Director Veronica Molloy said, "We are thrilled that our Lime and Tequila marmalade satisfied the judges’ palates in order to be awarded a gold prize. Winning such an award is very flattering considering the number of marmalades that were entered into the competition from all parts of the world. Winning eight further marmalade awards was also a triumph, and makes my team and I feel very proud ".