Hamilton issues the chutney challenge

Hamilton Primary School pupils promote the Great Victorian Jam and Chutney Challenge. Photo: Supplied

Hamilton Primary School pupils promote the Great Victorian Jam and Chutney Challenge. Photo: Supplied

CALLING all jam makers, preservers of jelly, stirrers of chutney and simmerers of sauce — do you have Victoria’s best? 

Now is the time to prove it.

Hamilton reckons it makes the best jams and chutneys and has laid down the challenge to other areas to test its claim. 

It will stage the first ever Great Victorian Jam and Chutney Challenge in October to find the best of this state’s sweet and savoury preserves.

The challenge will offer the richest prizes in Australia for preserved goods — a $250 first prize in each of the 10 competition categories and a $1000 top prize for the best overall entry.

The Hamilton (Gray Street) Primary School will host the challenge as part of its Country Fair on October 25.

The school community decided to throw down the challenge to preservers from throughout Victoria and interstate because it believes the greater Hamilton region produces the best preserves.

Hamilton (Gray Street) Primary School principal Helen Freeman said most people in the Hamilton area knew “someone with one of those recipes for sauce or jam that is never given to anyone outside the family”.

“Or maybe the person who accidently added the wrong ingredient and came up with the most wonderful dessert sauce that no ice cream can be served without.”

More information on the challenge can be found at www.greatvictorianjamandchutneychallenge.com.au

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