I came up to the office/kitchen this morning to print off some labels (great Sunday morning) to be greeted by an answerphone message left the evening before from Lulu Benson co- founder of a chutney festival in Peebles near Edinburgh. I'd won, can't quite believe it, a jar that only went in at the last minute, which I'd debated with hubby, chutney/relish/chutney/relish, agreed chutney and it didn't matter as in a good cause. Sod it I've won. Not competitive me, well of course I am but truly didn't expect to win. I have never won a chutney competition ever and probably won't again but it won't matter now.
Of course this is the inaugural event so less competition than next time and it will get bigger and bigger. So much energy has gone into organisation and ringing round (which is how I heard of it) with profits going to such a good cause.... The Gurkha Welfare Trust...I would really urge you to check out their website for an imaginative festival menu One World One Chutney it shrieks of hundreds of hours of work and it's a real shame it's so far from North Devon or I would have leapt in the car.
Anyway, Gardeners Relish WON. Totally and utterly amazing, I love the judges and am so grateful Lulu rang in the first place.