Women bid for World Jampionships

Organisers of an international jam-making competition have recognised 100 years of experience by setting up a category just for members of the Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes.

From Shetland to Wigtownshire, members of the SWRI will travel the length and breadth of Scotland to be crowned Queen of the World Jampionships on Friday, September 6, at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival. Members will be joined in Dundee by other jam-makers, from amateur to professional, all hoping to win the title in their category.

SWRI chairwoman Isobel Robertson said: “Many members are amateur and some are professional so it makes sense to create a new in-between category. At SWRI we pride ourselves on our homemade jam. Many of our members have been perfecting their recipes for decades and represent some of the best jam-makers in the country. We love to use local ingredients and in Scotland we are blessed with some of the most delicious berries in the world, making our jam the tastiest.”

The World Jampionships were initiated three years ago to encourage people to use the world class berries available from the fields on their doorsteps.

The World Jampionships will be visiting several events throughout Scotland, including the Blairgowrie Berry Market on July 27, Scone Palace Family Fun Day on August 4 and the Dundee Flower and Food Festival from September 6 to 8.

Entries are invited from now until the closing date on August 16 and can be posted or dropped off at three points across Scotland and one in England. To ensure the competition is open to everyone, several new categories have been added including The Bairn’s Jam, International Jam and The Team Entry.

The SWRI is one of the largest women’s organisations in Scotland. It boasts around 20,000 members, in 32 Federations throughout Scotland, from as far north as Shetland to Wigtownshire. More information on the SWRI can be found at www.swri.org.uk, or by calling SWRI headquarters in Edinburgh on 0131 225 1724 or email swri@swri.demon.co.uk.