World's best gather for jam-making championships

Visitors flock in their thousands to the annual event in Beaupuy, Lot-et-Garonne

Lot-et-Garonne town welcomes planet's finest confitures to annual jam festival

No traditional French breakfast is complete without a pot of jam to accompany either a croissant or slice of baguette. And as summer fruit ripens, shops start selling jars, cauldrons and five kilogramme bags of sugar so that the popular summer occupation of jam-making can begin.

The French love jam. A UK CBI study says that France is the leading country in terms of consumption in Europe.

A study by the French sugar industry’s information body CEDUS found that 70% of people in France buy jam seven times a year, and an average household consumes nearly four kilogrammes of the stuff every year - and those figures only refer to industrially made jam. It also reveals 60% of people make their own.

One of the first books on the subject was written by French physician Michel de Nostredame – or ...

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