A full list of Scottish collection points has just been released for the annual World Marmalade Awards, which take place from March 19-21.
Main sponsor, family-owned and run Mackays, which exports its Dundee marmalade to 80 countries across the globe, will be accepting entries for the 14 different marmalade categories at its visitor shop in Arbroath and rewarding each entry with a free jar of its own award-winning Dundee Marmalade.
Now in its 11th year and attracting over 2700 entries, the Awards & Festival, sponsored by Mackays, Fortnum & Mason and Paddington, have raised nearly £200,000 for charities including Marie Curie in Scotland, Action Medical Research and Hospice at Home.
The Marie Curie fundraising group in Scotland are encouraging marmalade enthusiasts to take their entries to one of the various collection points in Scotland, which will then be transported for judging down to Dalemain House in Penrith, where the event takes place. .
Everyone who enters a jar gets their preserve tasted and judged by experts, and then gets sent a personalised mark card with feedback on how the marmalade can be improved - or if they are lucky, a gold, silver or bronze award.
‘Mr Marmalade’ Martin Grant, managing director of Mackays, said: “Scotland has a proud marmalade making heritage and we need to make sure that as a country we are fully represented at the World Marmalade Awards. Last year two Scottish entries won double gold at the Awards. Anybody who has a love for making marmalade should get involved and try their luck at winning a category - not only are you spreading the marmalade love, you are also helping a very worthwhile cause as £8 from every Scottish entry goes to Marie Curie in Scotland.”
Further details can be found at www.marmaladeawards.com.