Lincolnshire’s “Queen of Preserves” is basking in the golden glow of success, after scooping a national award for her marmalade.
The owner of Lincoln-based Jenny’s Jams, Jenny Smith is on a high after picking-up a bronze certificate at the hotly-contested World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival.
The eleventh event took place at Dalemain House, a Georgian mansion in Cumbria. The festival spirit was also evident at a street fair in nearby Penrith and Paddington Bear put in an appearance at the local Rheged visitor attraction.
The competition attracted thousands of entries, including more than 160 homemade marmalades from overseas, and hundreds of other “pots of gold” in the Artisan classes.
Jenny impressed the judges with her popular Thick Cut Seville Marmalade, which she entered into the Seville category of the Artisan section.
“The Artisan section alone featured 700 entries, across six categories. I was thrilled to win a large Bronze Certificate which I can display alongside my marmalades and jams when I go along to regular markets in Castle Hill, Lincoln, and in Brigg and Sleaford,” said Jenny.
While she entered a very traditional product, some marmalade maestros added extra twists, by adding the Italian aperitif Aperol or earthy beetroot to their products, which are now being sold by Fortnum & Mason in London.
She added: “Competition entries were judged by a prestigious panel of food industry experts who provided confidential feedback after the event. I think I might even do better next time around, because some felt my marmalade was a little too sweet, but obviously that is down to individual taste.
“Of course, my customers tend to say “it’s just right”, and it is particularly popular with gentlemen for some reason. In fact one customer buys four jars from me every month.”
Jenny supplies her marmalade to various outlets across the county and is now looking to approach Lincoln hotels, who she hopes might be interested in offering guests the chance to put her winning marmalade on their toast at breakfast time.
“Winning this award will definitely help me to get my marmalade noticed by more people. I shall also be featuring a small version of my Bronze certificate on my new website, which is currently under construction,” said Jenny.