Loddon marmalade maker beats off competition from across the world

Award winning jam and marmalade maker Ali Barwick. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Award winning jam and marmalade maker Ali Barwick. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

It is enough to make Paddington Bear drool - a Norfolk cook has won a haul of six awards at a contest to find the world's best marmalades.

Some of Ali Barwick's winning marmalades. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Some of Ali Barwick's winning marmalades. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Ali Barwick, from Loddon, travelled to Cumbria to take part in the event, the World's Original Marmalade Award, and returned with a gold awards, two silvers and three bronzes.

The contest, held in Penrith, attracted almost 3,000 entries, including a number from overseas, with marmalades from South Africa, America, Australia and Korea taking part.

Miss Barwick, 54, picked up a gold award for her Seville marmalade, two silvers for her clementine and lemon, and lemon and stem ginger marmalades and three bronzes for her lemon and lime, blood orange and tricolour delight marmalades.

'It is lovely to think that other people think what you are doing is good,' she said.

'When you get people judging who are the bees knees of the marmalade world it encourages you to want to do more and win more golds. And you get tasting notes back for every jar you enter so it is useful to see what they didn't like so you can tweak the recipes.'

The judging panel comprised food industry experts, and was presided over by the world's most famous marmalade aficionado, Paddington himself - or at least someone dressed in a costume.

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Miss Barwick began making marmalade in her kitchen as a hobby. It proved popular with family and friends, and she went on to develop a business producing preserves for sale.

'I started attending Loddon Farmer's Market once a month on top of my business as a gardener, selling my jams and marmalades, and then I extended to a few other markets,' she added. 'And when it took off I put the gardening on hold.'

'I don't make any jams which I can make all year round, because if the fruit is not in season in the UK I don't use it, and I love experimenting with my marmalade recipes.'

She still works from her kitchen at home, but this month will be moving to a purpose built kitchen at Loddon Business Centre.

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