Willow & Greene wins two prizes at the World Marmalade Awards
Artisanal producer Willow & Greene has found success at the World Artisan Marmalade Awards, receiving a Silver Award for their Spiced Pumpkin Marmalade and a Bronze Award for their Clementine & Aperol Marmalade, proving it really is some of the best in the world!
These preserves were particularly loved for their interesting ingredients and the judges were very impressed with the appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour of both preserves.
Willow and Greene owner Kerry Connolly said: ‘We are so pleased to have won this award against such strong competition from all over the world.
“We have been making our marmalade for two years and have always thought that it is some of the best marmalade we’ve ever tasted, so it’s nice to have the Award to prove it!’
Willow and Greene is based in Straid, Co Antrim. As well as making marmalade, the company makes a range of products and services for gardeners and cooks, including preserves, chutneys, gardening classes and events that promote nurture and the advantages of growing your own flowers and vegetables.
Willow & Greene marmalades, preserves and chutneys can be bought in a variety of places including at their monthly gardening classes in Ballynure (Methodist Church, first Wednesday of the month) and Larne (Tennis & Bowling Club, first Friday of the month). A small selection is also available from Café Cova in Cushendall.
Despite the pandemic and multiple UK lockdowns, the Marmalade Awards received a record-breaking number of entries this year, with over 3000 jars from more than 30 countries worldwide including Japan, Canada, Australia, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic.
The Artisan Awards are judged by an expert panel including food writer Dan Lepard and Fortnum & Mason Grocery Buyer Sarah Metcalf, and this accolade denotes a marmalade of exceptional quality.
Founder of the Awards Jane Hasell-McCosh says: ‘We have always been so proud to champion quality artisan producers, and this year it has been more important than ever.
"Small businesses have been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic, but I think it has made people realise how vital good, local food is, and I hope that Willow & Greene will have huge success with their marmalade both locally and further afield.
"The quality of artisan marmalade has never been higher, and I am so proud of our Award winners this year.’
Due to continuing restrictions, the Awards were not announced in March as usual, and instead, the winners were celebrated as part of the annual Plant Fair at Dalemain in June. Marmalade enthusiasts flocked to Dalemain to taste preserves from all over the world, see the winners announced and take part in ‘Marmalade Question Times’ with the experts.
The Awards are sponsored by Fortnum & Mason and Rathbones. This year’s key beneficiary is once again Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland, and to date the Awards have raised over £270,000 for palliative care around the world.