A WOMAN who is potty about mustard has organised an entire event around the condiment.
Rosemary Jameson, 58, from Burley-on-the-Hill has always been a fan of home-produce and founded her business The Jam Jar Shop on it.
The company in Pillings Road, Oakham, stocks and supplies jam jars, bottles and hampers along with everything needed to make delicious home-made goods.
Prior to opening the shop in 2009, Rosemary had been making jams and preserves and selling them from home but had to import jam jars from abroad.
She saw a niche in the market and, with her husband Trevor Lorkings, has not looked back.
Now Rosemary is hoping to share her fascination with mustard with the rest of the country and has organised The Great British Mustard Bash at Scalford Hall, near Melton Mowbray on March 11.
She said: “I have got a bit of a thing about mustard and making it. We have a jam festival and a marmalade festival so I thought why not have a mustard festival?
“It will be a different kind of festival and will showcase mustard of all kinds.”
As soon as Rosemary found out that Scalford Hall is the former home of Lt Colonel Colman who founded the Colman’s Mustard Company, she knew that it would be the perfect place to host the first Great British Mustard Bash.
A competition will be held at the Great British Mustard Bash for people to submit their own mustard recipes.
It will be judged by Pam Corbin from River Cottage Preserves, owner and head chef at The Olive Branch in Clipsham Sean Hope and Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green. The top prizes include a framed watercolour by Great Food Magazine cover artist Graham Wright and a specially commissioned mustard jar.
The festival will also feature local produce which compliments mustards of all colours, flavours and textures.
For information and entry forms visit www.mustardbash.com