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Continuing a tradition that first began at the much missed Fanny’s Farm Shop in Surrey, Kingfisher Farm Shop in Abinger Hammer hosted Fanny’s Marmalade Competition 2020 on Wednesday February 26.

This annual event is an ongoing celebration of Fanny Maiklem, who created one of the most unique food and drink destinations in Surrey before sadly passing away in 2015.

Fanny's homemade marmalade was a long-standing favourite of farm shop visitors and helped to inspire a passion for preserves that eventually turned into a 'friendly' competition between home cooks in Surrey. 

From Seville to Surrey

With nearly 40 entrants offering up a whole selection of tasty treats, from classic Seville cuts to jazzed up mixed fruit and boozy delights, the competition remains as fierce as ever.

This year’s judging panel at Kingfisher Farm Shop included Debbie from Debbie’s Homemade Preserves, Jo from Two Many Cooks and Fanny’s daughter, Nellie Budd (née Maiklem).

The judges spent time deliberating on the appearance, texture, taste and aroma of each marmalade, before carefully narrowing down the finalists in the various categories: Lady’s Seville, Lady’s Mixed Fruit, Gentleman’s Seville, Gentleman’s Mixed Fruit and the Previous Winners Open.

The winners were:

Lady’s Seville Marmalade

  1. Sue Hancock
  2. Annabel Alford-Warren
  3. Annette Golding

Highly commended: Jane Garvand

Lady’s Mixed Fruit Marmalade

  1. Daphne Evans
  2. Henrietta Maxwell
  3. Doris Campbell

Highly commended: Olivia Ames-Lewis

Gentleman’s Seville Marmalade

  1. Don Rolt
  2. Barrie Arminson
  3. Don Rolt

Gentleman’s Mixed Fruit Marmalade

  1. Andrew Winter
  2. Peter Elliot

Previous Winners Open

  1. Alison Taylor
  2. Alison Taylor
  3. Pennie Wells

After much deliberation, Andrew Winter was crowned winner of all winners of Fanny’s Marmalade Competition 2020 with his blood orange and Campari combination.

It sounds delicious to us!   

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From farm to table

Most famous for their delicious and nutritious home-grown watercress, the family-owned Kingfisher Farm Shop has been growing this quintessentially English product at Abinger Hammer since 1854.