homemade marmalade awards

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards
Homemade Category 2021


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The Homemade Marmalade Awards are OPEN for 2021!


UPDATE: The Marmalade Awards WILL continue in 2021 and we are asking entrants from around the world to submit their jars as normal through the post. However, the results will be delayed until June to allow all entries to be judged safely.

Founder Jane Hasell-McCosh has the following message:

Since announcing the Awards would return in 2021, we have had such a fantastic reaction from all over the world. People are thrilled to be able to participate in something creative after what has been such a difficult year. We therefore feel it is vital to hold the Awards this year, as long as we can do so safely.

The wellbeing of our judges and volunteers is very important, and unfortunately, we cannot judge at present, but we will quickly resume judging as soon as everyone is comfortable it can be conducted safely. The deadline for entries is still the 10th February, so please send your entries in now. Luckily, marmalade is a product that can be stored for weeks or months without losing its quality!’

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 10th February. Winners will be notified once the judging has taken place, and the Awards will be announced at marmalade Festivities on Sunday 20th June.


As always, the full fee for entering the Homemade Awards goes to Hospice at Home, or to the palliative care charity of your choice. We hope to receive record entries in order to help these vital charities continue their wonderful work after such a hard year.

2021 Categories

1a. Clear Seville Marmalade, a clear jelly with or without peel
1b. Whole Fruit Marmalade, containing all the pulp & peel but no pips
2a. Any Citrus Marmalade, any citrus with Seville
2b. Any Citrus Marmalade, any citrus excluding Seville
3. Children’s Marmalade
4. First Timer’s Marmalade
5. Dark & Chunky Marmalade
6. Man Made Marmalade
7. Marmalade For a Friend
8. Gardener’s Marmalade (with garden ingredients)
9. Merry Marmalade (with alcohol)
10. Octogenarians & Upwards Marmalade
11. Campanologist’s Marmalade (for bellringers)
12. Marmalade MacNab (to be served with savoury food)
13. Marmalade with a Twist (with interesting additions)
14. International Marmalade (for anyone outside the UK)

NEW for 2021 – Marmalade For a Friend
Homemade marmalade makes a wonderful gift, and we know that there are an extraordinary number of people who deserve something to remind them of how special they are this year. Enter a marmalade made with a friend in mind – whether inspired by them (such as ginger marmalade for redheads!), or simply one of their favourites. We can’t wait to hear who your entries are for and why.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 10th February. Winners will be notified once the judging has taken place and the Awards will be announced on Sunday 20th June.

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If you sell your marmalade commercially and you would like to enter the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE.

About the Homemade Awards

The Homemade Marmalade Awards are a competition for amateur marmalade makers, which aims to find the very best homemade marmalade maker in the world, while raising lots of money for Hospice at Home along the way!

The Homemade Awards have always been the heart of the Dalemain Awards, and every year we receive entries from all over the world, including Australia, Lebanon, Brazil and Canada to name but a few! We always have lots of exciting categories and extra competitions, to ensure that there is something for every marmalade maker, from expert home-cook to adventurous first-timer.

Entering the competition

All Homemade entries are judged by our wonderful WI judges and the full £10 entry fee goes directly to palliative care charities; so far we have raised over £250,000 for hospice care and with your help we hope to raise even more.

The 2020 Marmalade Awards winner was Jonathan Hamel Cooke, and we have been selling his traditional ‘Dark & Chunky’ marmalade both at Dalemain and in Fortnum & Mason, where it has proven enormously popular. Will another classic marmalade scoop the prize in 2021, or will an inventive combination prove the winner? Only time will tell – and the winning marmalade could be yours!

To enter, simply follow the instructions on the ENTRY FORM and send us your jars with a completed entry form and entrance fee to: The Marmalade Awards, Dalemain Mansion, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0HB on or before Wednesday 10th February.

Collection Points

Subject to availability and opening times. They are as follows:

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Fortnum & Mason, St Pancras
Currently CLOSED, please do not take parcels here.

Fortnum & Mason, The Royal Exchange
Currently CLOSED, please do not take parcels here.

Fortnum & Mason, K11 Atelier, Hong Kong
Monday – Sunday, 11am -9pm. Deadline – 24th January.

Hospice at Home Shop, Penrith
Currently CLOSED, please do not take parcels here.

Carlisle Tourist Information Centre, Old Town Hall
Currently CLOSED, please do not take parcels here.

Linnels Farm, Northumberland

Further collection points will be announced shortly…

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Marmalade Awards News

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