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The pink sandstone of Dalemain Mansion is beginning to glow orange as more and more marmalade flows in by hand or by Royal Mail and special delivery from as far away as Alaska, Singapore, Australia and Japan the list reads like a grand tour of the world. Excitement grows not only for the competition but there is also great anticipation for the festival itself.
Music will be well represented with The Dalemain Trio led by Andrew Watkinson who is of celebrity status in his virtuoso violin playing with the Endellion Quartet. The trio with Sophie Renshaw viola and Shuna Wilson cello will be serving up a really wonderful lunch time concert of Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Prokoviev. This concert to be held at St Andrews Dacre will be a rare treat, and the Prokoviev even has a citrus twist! The concert is further enhanced by homemade soup and marmalade cake available as part of the ticket from 11.30 on Saturday February 25 concert 12.30.Don’t miss this opportunity of hearing world class musicians Tickets are £12 from Dalemain Estates or www.marmaladeawards.com
Also on both Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26 there is a chance ‘to have a go’ with hands on workshops in how to make marmalade sponsored by The Jam Jar Shop or if that doesn’t take your fancy why not get a ticket for Dan Lepard’s lecture. He is The Bread Guru of the Guardian who will take us through the steps of making many different kinds of bread all of which go so well with marmalade!
There is also the huge treat of one lecture by Ivan Day, Celebrity food historian. Meet him ‘in the flesh’ as he talks about food in the 17th Century and recipes from the celebrated Elizabeth Rainbow of Dalemain.
The Jars of marmalade which have been entered for the competition will all be on display, Paddington will be around to meet and greet and there is a food fayre and over 200 different marmalades to taste including special tasting sessions with Mackays. It is a very special weekend drawing people from all over the UK who come for the love of marmalade. Saturday sees the award ceremony at 10.30 introduced with a marmalade song sung by Stainton School followed by the play off of ‘the Marmalashes’ when 11 jars of marmalade from Australia take on 11 jars from England. Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall is captain of the England team with his jar of marmalade on the way to Dalemain this week. Last Year Australia won by a mere 6 runs so it is now our turn to win
If nothing else you will want to buy a mug which will be the third of the marmalade series produced by Emma Bridgewater to mark this years festival
St Andrews will also play host to the Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis who is the Dean of Canterbury who has been invited this year as the guest preacher for the festival. A prerequisite for this invitation is that the visiting clergyman makes marmalade!