Artisan Marmalade – The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards 2016
We entered The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards in March 2016. It was a very exciting moment for us even as experienced marmalade makers. Having established Pantri Swswen in 2012 and after terrific comments from our customers we decided to enter our artisan marmalade for global judging. It was a decision to enter the awards that certainly didn’t disappoint! Our entry was very successful and our Welsh Cider and Seville Orange Marmalade gained a Silver Award in 2016. It didn’t take very much encouragement from the organisers to get us to visit the competition setting. We soon decided to take a road trip to Dalemain Mansion in beautiful Cumbria to celebrate. It was a great chance to check out this amazing world marmalade competition for ourselves.
A little bit of history about the awards. These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh who had an idea to preserve grow and widen one of the most British of customs of making marmalade. “The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion which is a stately Georgian home and has been lived in by the same family for over 300 years.
The Worlds Original Marmalade Awards competition is fierce and we were delighted with the accolade from the competition. We have since entered the marmalade awards many times and awarded bronze through to gold for our delicious welsh marmalade. Visiting Dalemain Mansion is always a pleasure and we always look forward to the excitement of entering the awards in March. We highly recommend a visit to the Marmalade Awards with the festival supported and extending throughout the local area and the town of Penrith.
Launching our new branding and range of products proved a great hit at the event at Coleg Powys on 12th March 2013. We give a special thanks to the Newtown based Ontrac team . This is for all of their wonderful support in developing our gorgeous logo and welsh food brand design.
Lovely comments from Sian Lloyd at the event about our cakes and preserves. Sian is a real champion of local welsh food. She said to My Newtown at the event: “I love cooking and really support the ‘piggy-backing’ of one local producer to another. The College farm to the kitchen, and, for example, Hilltop Honey to Pantri Swswen cakes, they taste so wonderful. It’s lovely that the students are encouraged in this way.”
We give a special thanks to Joyce Jones Photography for capturing the moment on the day.
The event was arranged through the Coleg with local tourist attractions, hoteliers, restaurants, tourist accommodation and retail outlets in attendance. Local welsh food producers displayed their products and were able to talk directly to outlets. With the talented Coleg team of staff and students showcasing their skills, support and the enthusiasm for local welsh food.
Welsh Government Support
Cywain is a support project delivered through Mentr a Busnes assisted us to develop the brand. They have provided us with support to growing the business. Their Regional Development Manager helped with our latest branded booklet for our range of luxury hampers and multi-packs.
Fast forward to 2020, support from Welsh Government has seen further growth in the business. We were privileged to feature as a case study for Superfast Business Wales. The coverage has promoted our business as a growing welsh food brand. We are continually thankful for the support provided by the Welsh Government.