homemade marmalade awards

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards
Homemade Category

fortnum and mason, mackays , and tate and lyle
Proudly supported by Fortnum & Mason, Mackays of Dundee, and Tate & Lyle®

Click here to download the 2017 Homemade Competition Entry Form (3.1mb)

We are delighted to announce that the homemade marmalade category is open for 2017! We can’t wait to receive your entries. But remember: the deadline for entries is FEBRUARY 10TH 2017 so make sure to send your jars in plenty of time!

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS: We are delighted to receive so many marmalade entries from all over the world, and are very grateful to everyone who enters. However, we ask that all international entrants be certain to CLEARLY MARK ALL PARCELS ‘TASTING SAMPLES ONLY, NOT FOR RESALE’ to avoid import tax duties. As a charity, we cannot afford these charges, and this may mean your marmalade does not arrive for judging.


The following places are delighted to be acting as collection points in 2017. Drop your marmalade at:

Mackays factory shop, Arbroath. *Deadline – 6th February

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly. *Deadline – 6th February

Hospice at Home shop, Penrith. *Deadline – 7th February

Prior’s Kitchen, Carlisle Cathedral. *Deadline – 7th February

Costorphine Marie Curie, 125 St John’s Rd, Edinburgh. *Deadline – 6th February

Morningside Rd Marie Curie, Edinburgh. Deadline – *6th February

Herbie of Edinburgh. *Deadline – 6th February

Kincardine O’Neil Post Office, Deeside, Scotland. *Deadline – 6th February

Turriffs Garden Centre, 3 Albert Rd, Broughty Ferry. *Deadline – 6th February

Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee. *Deadline – 6th February


Carlisle Station Booking Office. *Deadline 9th February

Crewe Station Booking Office. *Deadline 9th February

Lancaster Station Waiting Room, Platform 4. *Deadline 9th February

Penrith Station Customer Information Point. *Deadline 9th February

Preston Station Booking Office. *Deadline 9th February

Glasgow Central Station Virgin First Class Lounge. *Deadline 9th February

London Euston Virgin First Class Lounge. *Deadline 9th February

Click Here for further information about the Virgin Rail Drop Off Points.

Know of anywhere else that could act as a collection point? Contact us at marmalade@dalemain.com


12 years ago when the competition started competition we had just 50 jars, through to today…where the combined categories now bring in a whopping 3,000 jars, posted to us from all over the world, including Singapore, Japan, America, Canada, Spain, France, Gibraltar, Portugal, Denmark, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Alaska, Austria, South Africa, USA and South Korea.

But the best bit for all of us, beyond the magic of your passionate marmalade making, is that together we help hospice charities around the world continue to do their important work.

Be assured that when you enter your homemade marmalade in the competition the full entry fee goes to support Hospice Care, both in the UK and around the world.

New in 2017: We know that marmalade makers love to rise to the challenge, and we have some exciting new categories for 2017:

Tate & Lyle®’s Marmalade with a Twist – Astound us with your innovation, originality and creativity, while making the perfect marmalade with that ‘something extra’: a new or unusual ingredient

Tate & Lyle®’s First Timers Award – an old award made new with clearer rules and more helpful advice. To find out more do to www.marmaladeawards.com/tateandlyle

Gardener’s Marmalade – If you’re a keen gardener, and your marmalade includes something you’ve grown, this is the category for you

Octogenarians & Upwards – Over 80 and still making marmalade? Send in your entry with your date of birth and tell us what marmalade making has meant to you.

The categories: which one is right for you?

We also have lots of our classic and most popular categories returning, including traditional Seville, Any Citrus, Merry (with alcohol), and First Timers. Please see below for the full list of categories, and for further information on each category please click here for the entry form which contains more details. Here are the homemade categories for 2017:

Mackays Seville Orange Marmalade
Any Citrus Marmalade
Tate & Lyle®’s Marmalade with a Twist
Children’s Marmalade – For Children 13 and under with a little help from an adult.
Tate & Lyle®’s First Timers
Dark & Chunky Marmalade
Mackays Commonwealth & International Marmalade
Mister Marmalade
Gardener’s Marmalade
Merry Marmalade – Marmalade with Alcohol
Campanologist’s Marmalade
Octogenarians & Upwards
‘The Establishment’ Marmalade for clergy, peers & military
A Marmalade McNab – Marmalade to be served with fur, fish or fowl

The judging

Every jar entered will be tasted and marked by the Cumbrian Womens Institute (W.I.) together with our team of artisan judges. And for some talented cooks, their entries will win our coveted World’s Original Marmalade Award Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate. Each entrant receives a mark card with the judges’ feedback, a certificate designed by the artist Mungo McCosh, plus a thank you letter and a two-for-one entry voucher for Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens in Cumbria.

The best-in-show marmalade for 2017

One jar will be awarded our Best-In-Show prize for 2017, chosen from all the Gold Winners and will be presented with a Dalemain Double Gold Award. The winner will then be invited to have their recipe produced and scaled up by Fortnum & Mason (Dalemain’s southern outpost!) for a period of 1 year as well as being sold in The Marmalade Shop at Dalemain. A sum of 50p from each jar sold will donated to Hospice at Home around the world.

The winner could be anyone who enters – so give it a go and send us your entry?

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