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Posted by: Cecilia Wednesday, February 10, 2010 2:58 PM
Four days and counting, until Cumbria's favourite winter food event, the World's Original Marmalade Festival at Dalemain House. Don't miss it and make sure you support the food producers from Orton Farmers' Market by buying some of their fantastic fare!

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Here's some info  from the Festival organiser's press release:

The event on February 14 runs from 10am to 4pm and features world-class marmalades nestled along home-made favourites, which might have tempted the marmalade judges’ taste buds just as much and become rising stars of the marmalade world.

The prizes will be handed over at 11.30 am, including the Silver Cup for the Best in Show, presented by The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers.  It will then also be revealed whether there is a double gold winner in the Artisan category.  If so, they will have the opportunity to sell their marmalade in Fortnum & Mason and showcased in a special Marmalade Breakfast at Fortnums on March 13, 2010.

In the ancient Dalemain courtyard, a food fair organised by Orton Farmers’ Market will delight visitors throughout the day with some Valentine’s Day specials, citrus-flavoured produce and other foods from the artisan producers who have made Orton a must-visit market for foodies everywhere.

Children will be able to enjoy a citrus hunt and fun and games with Paddington Bear – a patron of the Festival, whilst the adults get added value from the opportunity to tour the mansion and see the stunning Snowdrop and Aconite Walk in the Dalemain gardens.

Admission to the Festival is free for children and costs £4 for an adult.  Profits from the admission fees will be added to the total donated to the charities which benefit from this event – Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland and Help For Heroes.

The Festival has this year had sponsorship from Tiptree, Frank Cooper’s, Rose’s and Robertson’s, as well as receiving other support from Farm Stay UK, The Jam Jar Shop, Barclay’s and Taylor’s of Harrogate.

Festival organiser, Jane Hasell-McCosh, says: “This year, we are delighted to be leading the way in demonstrating that Cumbria is open for business. We are one of the first events of the year and hope that our promotional activity will help the county’s tourism recovery and send out a message that we are more than ready to accept visitors and give them the warm, Cumbrian welcome for which the county is renowned.”

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