Gold award for Mad Jam Woman at world marmalade contest

Mad Jam Woman, Sandy Higson, has won a gold at the World Artisan Marmalade Awards.

By Ian Smith
Thursday, 24th June 2021, 1:53 pm
Sandy Higson, the Mad Jam Woman at Alnwick Food Festival. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Sandy Higson, the Mad Jam Woman at Alnwick Food Festival. Picture by Jane Coltman.

The Amble based preserves producer won a gold for her lemon and ginger with chilli marmalade.

She also won four silver awards for lemon and Cointreau, Seville and cranberry, orange and carrot and Bucks Fizz.

Sandy said: “I am so pleased to have won these awards against such strong competition from all over the world.

Mad Jam Woman's lemon marmalade with ginger and chilli won a gold award.

"I have have been making my marmalade for 26 years and have always thought that it is some of the best marmalade we’ve ever tasted, so it’s nice to have the awards to prove it.”

Despite the pandemic, the marmalade awards received a record-breaking number of entries this year, with over 3,000 jars from more than 30 countries worldwide.

Awards founder 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 The Mad Jam Woman will have huge success with her 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.”

The presentation ceremony was held in Dailmain, Cumbria.

The winners were celebrated as part of the annual Plant Fair at Dalemain, Cumbria.

The Mad Jam Woman’s marmalades can be bought at, local shops and she attends Alnwick Market every Saturday.

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