On the weekend before Easter it’s not all about chocolate in Cumbria and the Lake District but another delicious sweet yet tangy treat, marmalade. The annual World’s Original Marmalade Awards will be taking place at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens at Penrith and close to Ullswater on the weekend of March 19th and 20th 2016.
This year, with its continuing success and global popularity, the 2 day festival will span 3 sites, Dalemain, Rheged and Penrith with special events going on at each with a special “Orange Express” shuttle bus running between all 3 sites during the day.
People from all over the word enter this prestigious event and tasting has been going on by the judging panel for some weeks now as an astonishing 2000 entries were submitted. But it’s not just about marmalade but also food from across the North of England and Southern Scotland with artisan producers and stalls ranging from chutneys to bread & baking, sweet treats and fresh produce as well as ales, wines and soft drinks.
The difference this year being an artisan food market in Penrith Town Centre as well as family fun and events and at the Rheged Centre they’ll be more food and craft producers, chef and cooking demos by Peter Sidwell and his Simply Good Food TV and marmalade inspired family activities, Paddington Bear will be a very busy man that weekend!
Where to stay? The Tebay Services Hotel just south of Penrith off the M6 is a handy base and is the sister business of the Rheged Centre (along with Tebay Services) so you can expect the same high quality facilities throughout. Simply park at Penrith and make use of the shuttle bus during the festival weekend. The hotel has a bar and restaurant and the breakfasts are always raved about by guests.