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Posted by: Cecilia Monday, February 14, 2011 3:19 PM
"Today we are embracing the negative!" said Jane Hasell-McCosh when we arrived, in the rain, at Dalemain House for the Marmalade Award ceremony yesterday. And indeed, they did – nothing could have put a dampener on this amazing competition and the people involved in it.

The biggest star is Jane herself, who, over five years, has managed to create a food event with global impact!

I say global, because a considerable number of the 1100 entered jars had actually made their way to Dalemain across oceans and continents. New for this year was the Marmalashes, an Aussie challenge, which was reported thus by Sky News down under:

"England might have beaten us in the Ashes but a team of Aussies is savouring the sweet taste of success after beating the Brits in a marmalade-making competition. A team of 11 marmalade makers from the Victorian town of Buninyong, near Ballarat, triumphed over England in the 'Marmalashes' contest, a division of the World Marmalade Awards in Cumbria.
 Calling themselves the Buninyong Eleven, the team, including entrants from the town's Country Women's Association, sent off 11 jars of marmalade earlier this month. According to the awards website, two wooden spoons will be burnt after the Maramlashes competition: one in Australia and one in the UK. The ashes will be mixed and placed in a trophy to be battled for in 2012 when the competition is played out again."


Also new for this year was an amazing model of Dalemain House, made for the display of the winners - to stunning effect...


Overall winner (Best in Show) was Lord Henley of Carlisle, who said of his win: "I am absolutely delighted to have won the award for the Peers and Political category, never mind Best in Show. I am very gratified." This was the third time Lord Henley, who used his mother's recipe, entered the competition. Here is is (left) with Sandys Dawes, Master of the Worshipful company of fruiterers and Jane Hasell-McCosh.


Another famous winner was John Swannell, one of the country's most renowned photographers – he won the Man Made Seville category.


Some more pics of the day, which was greatly enjoyed by all, including Luke!



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