Cooks get jamming for food festival

Organisers of the second annual Morpeth Food and Drink Festival are hoping local cooks will get jamming over the next few weeks.

This year the annual event, being held on October 4, will host its first ever jam competition and the organisers are hoping for a good number of entrants from the region’s talented jam makers.

There is no restriction on ingredients used and the judges are looking forward to sampling a good array of flavours from classic strawberry, raspberry, and apricot to the more unusual combinations in their search for the perfect preserve.

The winner will have their recipe crowned as ‘The Morpeth Jam’ with the opportunity to have it sold in the Morpeth Chantry.

The only limitation is that the jam must be home-made and the judging criteria will be based on the jam’s clarity, colour, pack head space, consistency and even the container it comes in.

Coun Val Tyler, Northumberland County Council’s portfolio member for community infrastructure and culture, said: “If you haven’t made your jam, just think of what you would be missing those delicious smells filling your kitchen as the berries bubble and boil en route to the jars; the experimentation of choosing different fruit combinations, and eating the finished product on a cold winter’s day.”

More details are available on the entry form for the competition, which can be requested from Zoe at Sanderson Arcade, who is co-ordinating the entries.

Email or call (01670) 510967. Entries must be received by October 1.