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Preserves with Passion at G Live

As Local Food Britain partners Guildford's G Live entertainment venue to lay on their first-ever food festival on Sunday September 10, the local food network for the south east is also laying on another first - the Preserves With Passion contest! 


Local Food Britain has announced its Preserves With Passion awards which will take place at the Festival of Fine Food & Drink on Sunday, September 10 at G Live.  The awards are a unique quest to find the finest home-made jams, jellies, and chutneys from the south east.

Judges will be looking for perfectly preserved fruit and vegetables in exquisite packaging that would grace a dining table or bring joy to a breakfast tray.

The winning preserve will be recreated and packaged as a Limited Edition for the Bartie's Sussex Faire range, owned by Local Food Britain member, John 'Bartie' Bartlett, who will chair the judging panel.

"This will be the ultimate accolade for the home cook to have their recipe turned into a product that will be on sale throughout the south east, with a donation from each sale going to a charity chosen by the winner," says Tracy Carroll, founder of Local Food Britain, the food network of London and the south east. "Bartie is a longstanding member of Local Food Britain and experienced 'preserve meister' with a wide range of award winning artisan chutneys, jams and jellies."

Entries to the Preserves With Passion awards need to contain locally grown produce, and home cooks will have used their own special recipes to create delicious preserves to celebrate harvest time. It can be a time-honoured recipe or a modern combination, packed with spices, laced with alcohol or sophisticated in its simplicity.

The entrants will include jams, jellies, savoury marmalades, and chutneys. There will also be a separate category for best preserve made by home chefs under the age of 16.

To enter the awards, complete the online form.  Entries will need to be taken to the Preserves With Passion area at G Live on Sunday 10 September by 2pm at the latest. The judges will meet after the event and winners will be announced a few days later. As well as Bartie, the judging panel will include Tracy Carroll, and G Live's own chef Martin Pearce.

"We are very excited about these awards which will create an additional buzz to what is already expected to be the food event of the year here in Surrey," says Tim Brinkman, venue director of G Live.

The Festival of Fine Food & Drink, open from 11am to 4pm, will showcase quality handcrafted produce from more than 30 members of Local Food Britain.  Visitors will have the chance to taste locally-produced food and drink, talk to the producers and buy goodies to take home.  

As well as stalls, there will be two ticketed masterclasses to inspire and entertain. At 11am, Bake With Jack will be drawing on a wealth of experience hosting classes throughout Surrey to provide festival visitors with a step-by-step guide to successful bread making. Then at 12.15pm, two of Surrey’s finest wine producers, Albury Organic Vineyard and Greyfriars Vineyard, will come together to host a double-header masterclass. As well as a tutored tasting of six wines, the audience will learn about the challenges and triumphs of making award-winning wine in Surrey.

The Festival of Fine Food & Drink’s 'menu' will also include free food demonstrations throughout the day. Plus, children will be invited to decorate plates with their favourite or imaginary food designs which will be displayed in a special gallery at the G Live venue before and after the event.

Not to be missed will be the special Afternoon Tea, created by G Live's talented team of chefs, using some of the ingredients from festival exhibitors. Entry to the food festival and the Preserves With Passion awards is free, but the masterclasses and the Afternoon Tea will need to be booked in advance. Bake With Jack tickets are £5 and the wine masterclass is £7.50 per person. To find out more, or to register for your free entry or to book a masterclass, visit, drop in or call the Ticketing Desk on 01483 369350.

Food and drink producers wishing to take part in this unique event should contact Local Food Britain on 01737 823208 or email

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