SWRI gear up for Scottish jam-making championship

SWRI jam
SWRI jam

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

From Shetland to Wigtownshire, Mull to Kincardineshire, 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 by other jam makers, from amateur to professional, all hoping to win the title in their category.

SWRI chairman, Isobel Robertson, said: “At SWRI we pride ourselves on our homemade jam.

“In Scotland we are blessed with some of the most delicious berries in the world, making our jam the tastiest.”

Tracey Baxter, World Jampionships coordinator, said: “We saw over 250 entries in 2012, and we expect that to double this year.

“The Jampionships are recognised not only nationally, but internationally and previously we had entries from South Africa, Canada and America.

“But the competition is about more than just jam.

“It’s about bringing people here and showing them the fantastic food, activities and countryside on offer in the area.”

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

Entries are open from now until August 16 and can be posted or dropped off at three points across Scotland.

Scottish Women’s Rural Institutes 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 in the South West.

More information on the SWRI can be found on their website www.swri.org.uk, by calling on 0131 225 1724 or email swri@swri.demon.co.uk.