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The 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. Small artisan producers in particular need championing at the moment, and I know how important our Awards are when it comes to promoting their preserves. 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.


There are three competitions that you can enter:

The Homemade Awards

The Homemade Awards can be entered by anyone, and there are categories from Children’s Marmalade to Merry (with alcohol), Camponologists, Any Citrus and many more, ensuring that no matter what kind of marmalade you make, there is a place you you! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.

For the Homemade Entry Form, CLICK HERE. The entry form has the competition categories, extra competitions and information about how to enter. To find out more about the Homemade Awards, CLICK HERE. To join the mailing list, CLICK HERE.

The Artisan Awards

These Awards promote small scale marmalade makers using the open-pan method. Judged by an esteemed panel, these prestigious Awards put marmalade makers on the map, and winners can display their ‘Gold’ ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Award roundel on their jars, a huge marketing gift that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world. Selected winners are stocked by Fortnum & Mason in their prestigious Piccadilly store.

For the Artisan Entry Form, CLICK HERE. The entry form has categories, FAQs and further information about how to enter. To find out more about the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE. To join the mailing list, CLICK HERE.

Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards

These Awards are for anyone who runs an establishment that serves their very own homemade marmalade! A crucial component to any meal out, or holiday visit, we want to shout about the people going that extra mile to ensure their guests get the very best.

For the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Entry Form, CLICK HERE. The entry form has categories, FAQs and further information about how to enter. To find out more about the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards, CLICK HERE. To join the mailing list, CLICK HERE.

The Marmalade Awards are made possible through the generous support of Fortnum & Mason. 

The Marmalade Awards – what are they all about?

These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved.

The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes. People enter the Marmalade Awards from a wide array of countries including Australia, Japan, Colombia, Senegal, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Canada, India and Singapore. Any marmalade will be considered for the competition, as long as it is predominantly citrus, and we love to receive marmalades made from new and unusual citrus fruits and ingredients. 

The Awards & Festival exist thanks to the support of our generous sponsors: Fortnum & MasonThursday Cottage, Armstrong Watson, Wares of Knutsford, Lycetts and InkREADible.

We are also delighted to welcome a new sponsor for 2021 – Rathbones.
‘Rathbones provides individual investment and wealth management services for private clients, charities, trustees and professional partners. We have been trusted for generations to manage and preserve our clients’ wealth. Our tradition of investing and acting responsibly has been with us from the beginning and continues to lead us forward. We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy. Thinking, acting and investing responsibly.’

Festival Supporters include Barclays and Avanti West Coast.

To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £250,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2021 our key beneficiary is Hospice at Home Carlisle & the North Lakes. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to charity.


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