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Iceni Magazine | November 18, 2018

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Norfolk marmalade is a Great Taste 2017 winner

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The team at Happisburgh-based Ollands Farm Foods is celebrating yet again after being awarded two stars for their Seville Orange Marmalade at the prestigious Great Taste Awards.

Great Taste, billed as “the world’s most coveted food awards” celebrates the very best in food and drink. This is the first time Ollands Farm Foods has received Great Taste stars and owner, Mary Ann Stuart, is understandably thrilled:

“Out of over 12,300 products being judged, just over 1,000 received a 2-star award. The awards are judged by over 500 of the most demanding food critics, chefs, restauranteurs and food writers, so to be recognised in this way is really fantastic.”

Being awarded two Great Taste stars, out of a possible three, means the judges dubbed the marmalade “outstanding”. It’s the first time in several years that a Norfolk marmalade has been recognised in this way. Mary Ann continues:

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(L-R) Kim Holt and Mary Ann Stuart (photo credit: Tim Green)

“We make all our products by hand in small batches in our own kitchen using traditional methods. It’s hard work, but it really pays off. We get lots of lovely comments from our regular customers, but it’s a nice bonus when that commitment to quality is recognised by industry greats.”

The award follows hot on the heels of multiple wins at the World’s Original Marmalade Awards in March, where the Seville Orange Marmalade won a gold award.

“We’ve had lots of interest from local hotels and restaurants who want to use the very best local produce. Customers are increasingly interested in where their food comes from and appreciate that kind of attention to detail. Scooping this award will hopefully encourage even more people to give our marmalade a taste. We’re sure they won’t be disappointed!”

So, what’s next for Ollands Farm Foods?

“We’ve still got a busy summer ahead of us. We’ll be at the Summer Fair at Wolterton Hall on Sunday 20th August and the North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival at Holkham on the 2nd and 3rd of September, as well as the usual farmer’s markets. So there’ll be plenty of opportunity for people to come along and have a taste of our award-winning marmalade, and lots of other goodies!”

Ollands Farm Foods products can be found at several farm shops across Norfolk, and at selected farmer’s markets. You can also order online. Visit their website ollands-farm-foods.co.uk for more details.


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