Kay Rees tweaked a traditional farmhouse recipe for ginger marmalade to win a prestigious gold award for the Jam Kitchen at Rumwell Farm Shop where she works.
Rumwell also won a Bronze Award for its Seville Marmalade at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards in Cumbria.
Anne Mitchell, Co-Owner of the farm shop, which is located on the A38 between Taunton and Wellington, said: “We’re ecstatic that we have been given a prestigious Gold Award for our homemade Generous Ginger Marmalade and a bronze accolade for our Scintillating Seville Marmalade.
“There were about 2,600 entries from as far afield as Australia, India, Denmark, Japan, USA and New Zealand so it’s fantastic that our marmalades really tickled the judges’ taste buds.
“Kay has worked in the Jam Kitchen for six years and as well as making the preserves she also creates the promotions and descriptions and looks for new ideas. We would like to thank Kay for the time and effort she put into creating the award-winning Ginger Marmalade.”
The marmalade is made in small batches by hand using a combination of oranges, lemons and ginger.
It was the tenth anniversary of the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival, which was held at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens near Penrith from February 28 until March 1. The World’s Original Marmalade Awards at the festival set a standard which is recognised internationally.
Every jar entered receives a judges’ tasting card with comments and a certificate. The marmalades are judged on appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavou
The Jam Kitchen at Rumwell produces a range of 50 products including jams, chutneys and marmalades all made using fruit and vegetables from the shop.
Jane Hasell-McCosh, Awards and Festival Organiser, said: “The standard of the competition this year has been outstanding and congratulations to Rumwell Farm Shop on their awards and I am delighted that the awards continues to grow with more and more entries each year.”
Rumwell Farm Shop is an independent, family-run, award-winning business owned by the Mitchell family. It was originally a potato store, when David and Anne Mitchell began selling their potatoes and free range eggs at the gate.