Baked in Belfast, the Northern Ireland specialist in unusual and handcrafted jams, relishes and chutneys has won three medals in the influential World Marmalade Awards. The small company has now won a total of 32 medals in the annual awards held at the historic Dalemain, Estate near Carlisle in England.
The company, which is based in Enniskillen, county Fermanagh and is owned and run by Suzanne Livingstone and husband Keith, won silver for its Calypso Marmalade, bronze for Gin and Tonic Marmalade and was highly commended for its Mojito Marmalade. The gin and tonic marmalade has now won seven medals in the world awards.
Mrs Livingstone, commenting on the latest awards, says: “We are absolutely delighted with our latest successes at the world’s most influential competition for marmalade producers.
The awards will help us as we continue to heightenawareness and sales in key markets such as the UK and Ireland. We continue to be the most successful producer of original and outstandingly tasty marmalades at these important awards.
Baked in Belfast was among more than 3,000 entrants from over 40 countries to the awards, held at the historic Dalmain Estate, near Penrith in Cumbria, for more than a decade.
The quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following a worldwide following.
The awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of marmalade recipes.
The artisan awards promote small scale marmalade makers using the open-pan method. Judged by an influential panel, these awards put marmalade makers on the map, and winners can display their gold, silver or bronze award roundel on their jars, a huge marketing gift that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.
It is the world’s premier marmalade competition and attracts entries for most parts of Europe, South Africa as well as the US and Japan. This year there were no fewer than 15 categories.
Baked in Belfast was established in 2011 and also specialises in unique handcrafted pottery.