Jenny goes for gold - and gets it!

World Class marmalade-maker Jenny Smith is on a high after celebrating success in a national competition.  

The “preserves queen” and brains behind Jenny’s Jams of Lincoln has left the judges at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival blown-away by her Pink Grapefruit and Cranberry Marmalade, which earned her a Gold award (certificate).  

Jenny and her husband Roger are spending the weekend in Cumbria, enjoying the crowdpulling event centred at Dalemain Mansion, where the awards were presented in the building’s beautiful state rooms.

She is delighted to be bringing home a prestigious certificate, after lots of hard work, which has included preparing 36 jars of the special marmalade to be sold at the Awards and Festival.

“I only made this marmalade for the first time last year, so I’m thrilled to have won a gold award, after entering the hotly contested Artisan Awards category,” said Jenny.

“I have attended the Awards before, when I was awarded Bronze for my Thick Cut Orange Marmalade.  But the competition is really tough.  You are pitting your skills against the cream of the crop, but it is a brilliant event for getting the right sort of exposure for your products.

“The Festival Weekend is also great fun, because it features trade stands, music, juggling, storytelling, cookery demonstrations and a visit by a “life-size” Paddington Bear!

Hosts Jane and Robert Hassell-McCosh said:

“Once again, we received record entries for the Artisan Awards this year.  The quality of entries has never been higher, with a phenomenal range of flavours.

“Our judging panel was hugely impressed with the standard of marmalades on offer and Jenny should be incredibly proud of this achievement. As a Gold award winner she can also buy our Gold Award roundels to affix to her winning jars to show that this is one of the best marmalades in the world!”

Jenny currently makes eight marmalades, seven jams, eight chutneys and one sauce. She sells her products at Farmers’ Markets in Castle Hill, Lincoln; Brigg and Sleaford.

Her jars are also stocked by farm shops and gardens centres, including Pennells in Lincoln; Uncle Henry’s at Grayingham; The Pink Pig, near Scunthorpe; Sunnyside Up, near Market Rasen, the Blue Diamond Garden Centre at East Bridgford and Delilah’s Fine Foods in Nottingham, as well as being sold by Lincolnshire Co-op.

Jenny is no newcomer to success having also won Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards for her strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant jams and Dambusters’ chutney, in addition to achieving a Bronze certificate at the Dalemain Champions in 2016.


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