The Australian Marmalade Awards do more than celebrate that well-loved preserve we spread on our morning toast. They celebrate our cultural heritage, reinstating the art of preserving as a tradition that is still relevant today.
The idea of a Festival of Marmalade is not anathema to the National Trust, which is an organisation dedicated to preserving (no pun intended) the best of our heritage, including the art of marmalade making using recipes passed down from generation to generation. Slaving over a hot stove to produce a delicious tangy preserve appeals to young and old the world over. Our own South Australian Riverland is on our doorstep to provide citrus for the production of all sorts of exotic combinations, although there is still a vocal minority that believes that the classic Seville is the best and only ‘real’ marmalade.
From its European origins as a lolly-like quince paste served as a digestif; to its central place in the traditional English breakfast; to its spreading to all parts of the globe on many a British colonial vessel, marmalade has become a world-wide tradition, which is now being rediscovered through the Australian Marmalade Awards.