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Preserves with Passion at Priory Farm

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.


Local Food Britain has revealed two amazing prizes for the winner of the Preserves with Passion 2018 competition, which will take place at our Countryside Food Festival in the stunning surroundings of Nutfield’s Priory Farm.

As well as the honour of having their home-made jam, jelly or chutney recreated as a limited edition for the Bartie’s Sussex Faire range, which will be sold to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the winner will also receive a year’s subscription to Surrey’s top selling magazine, Surrey Life, and an overnight stay* at Spot In The Woods, a boutique bed and breakfast and kitchen café, located on the edge of The New Forest, Hampshire.

Visitors to the festival, which takes place on Saturday September 15, from 10am to 4pm, will be invited to taste test the entries to produce a Fabulous Five, which will then be judged by the official preserve panel, chaired by Local Food Britain member, John `Bartie’ Bartlett.

“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.”

Home cooks need to enter online in advance of the festival via the links at the top of this page and then take their entries to the Preserves with Passion area, hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support at Local Food Britain's Countryside Food Festival by 12 noon at the latest.  

Charity fundraiser

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 play centre 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 competition 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, chutneys and savoury marmalades. There will also be a separate category for best preserve made by home chefs under the age of 16.

Local Food Britain's 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 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, 50p will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. For more information, visit Local Food Britain's Countryside Food Festival microsite

  • * T&Cs: A one night bed and breakfast stay for two courtesy of Spot in the Woods to be taken Sunday to Thursday (subject to availability, excluding Bank Holidays).

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