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Preserves with Passion at Priory Farm

Surrey-based Local Food Britain has announced its Preserves with Passion 2019 competition, judging for which will take place at this year's Countryside Food Festival in the stunning surroundings of Nutfield’s Priory Farm.


Local Food Britain has revealed the prizes for the winner of the Preserves with Passion 2019 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 a meal for two with wine at The Castle Inn at Chiddingstone, a historic pub restaurant which sits at the heart of a carefully-preserved Tudor village in Kent.

Visitors to the festival, which takes place on Saturday September 14, from 10am to 5pm, 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 to a secret recipe created by Scott Stokes from Ashtead, Surrey. The keen cook used vegetables harvested from the family allotment to make his winning condiment. Sales leading up to Christmas raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, with 50p being donated to the charity for every jar sold.

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 the Priory Farm Estate, festival goers will also be able to enjoy birds of prey flying displays and listen to music from Oxted Brass Band and other local musicians.

BBC Surrey will be broadcasting live from the festival between 9am and 12pm.

There will also be a packed itinerary of talks and demos, so visitors can pick up foodie tips from expert speakers, and there will be a ticketed family cooking experience in the great outdoors from The Salt Box.

For every £3 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

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