This year all the food awards have been a little strange as a result of the Covid19. The dates for entries to be sent for judging have been all over the place and judges have not been able to sit in a room and discuss the merits of a jar of jam or piece of chocolate, instead they have had to sit at home and record their thoughts on a laptop; confining their tasting debates to their heads.

The results of the Great Taste Awards are not yet announced , but they are imminent.  I’d love to come away with some winning products, but I am not holding my breath. I’ve been lucky enough to have gained gold stars for the past two years with my pickles, preserves and Christmas pudding, but nothing is every a certainty in the world of food awards and competition is stiff.

However, whilst the thought of the Great Taste Award results has been on my mind, it is the Great British Food Awards that I have been dreaming about.  Back in 2014 I won Gold in the Great British Taste Awards with my Welsh Strawberry Jam and I was delighted to say the least.  I haven’t entered consistently as life gets so busy, and I must confess that when the awards came around this year I nearly didn’t have my entry ready, but I am glad I made the effort and got my entry in as I have  just found out that my Treacle Marmalade has been shortlisted and I am now a finalist for the sweet preserves category award.

So, now I am into the finalist round I am sending off another sample jar for tasting and I will then have a long wait for the results, but whatever the outcome I am very happy that my marmalade has made it to the finals, it’s a real honour and it just goes to show that my trusty jam pan is still magic.