Surrey-based Local Food Britain has announced the Preserves with Passion 2018 awards which will take place at its first ever Countryside Food Festival in the stunning surroundings of Nutfield’s Priory Farm.
The competition is a unique quest to find the best home-made jams, jellies, and chutneys in the south east. 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. And all profits from the sale of the winning preserve will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
“Whether you are new to making jam or an old hand, this award is a wonderful accolade for the home cook and a delicious way to support a charity at the same time,” says Tracy Carroll, founder of Local Food Britain. “Our judges will be on the lookout for a preserve that food lovers would be proud to have on their table.”
Last year’s Preserves with Passion winner was a flavour-packed piccalilli made from vegetables harvested from Angela West’s Derrys Field allotment in Woking. Sales leading up to Christmas raised £260 for Guildford charity, Challengers, to help rebuild its playcentre which was devastated by fire.
“Angela’s piccalilli recipe was so delicious, with big chunks of vegetables, that I could have eaten it just from the jar,” said Bartie. “It was an honour to turn it into a Limited Edition product and I am very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.”
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 recipe handed down through the generations, a modern twist on a classic, a spicy combination or sophisticated in its simplicity.
The entrants will include jams, jellies, and chutneys (not marmalades). 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 on Local Food Britain's website. Entries will need to be taken to the Preserves with Passion area, hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support at the Local Food Britain countryside food and drink festival on Saturday, September 15 by 12 noon at the latest (gates open at 10am).
Judges will assess entries for appearance, texture, colour, taste and overall presentation.
The Local Food Britain Countryside Food Festival will showcase artisan bread makers, wine producers, distillers, charcuterie and cheese specialists, street food and much more. Held on Priory Farm’s Discovery Walk, festival goers will also be able to explore the interactive nature trails which meander around this area of outstanding natural beauty.
BBC Radio Surrey’s Danny Pike Show will be broadcasting live from the festival between 9am and 12pm. There will also be a vintage bus so visitors can climb aboard to pick up foodie tips from expert speakers, and there will be a ticketed pop-up restaurant featuring firepit cooking.
For every £2 entry fee to the festival, which includes entry to the Discovery Walk visitor attraction, 50p will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Food and drink producers wishing to take part in this unique event should contact Local Food Britain on 01737 823208 or email email@example.com