The World’s Original Marmalade Festival will take place on 17th March at Dalemain & Penrith. Entries for 2018 are now CLOSED.
We are hugely grateful to everyone who has sent us their precious jars over the past months. The 2018 Marmalade Awards are now CLOSED and the results will be announced at the Marmalade Festival at Dalemain Mansion on 17th March.
Homemade Category winners and Artisan Gold winners will be informed of their results and invited to the Marmalade Festival for their Award presentation. All other entrants are invited to attend the festival where they can collect their results and certificates and speak with our head WI judge Doreen, who will provide feedback and help for any interested marmalade makers.
Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens will be open 17th & 18th March 10am – 4pm with all marmalade entries on display in the state rooms and Artisan marmalades from around the world available to taste and buy in the great barn. Join us for Marmalade cookery demonstrations, Q&As, delicious marmalade themed food, a masterclass, live music and more! The Awards Presentations will take place at 10am on Saturday 17th March. The ‘Marmalashes’ and Commonwealth Competition will be judged on Sunday 18th March in the public rooms.
Penrith Goes Orange Marmalade Festival will be taking place in Penrith town centre on 17th March 10am – 4pm. The whole town is going marmalade-mad, with dancing, music, storytelling, teddy-bear ziplines, an artisan farmer’s market and lots of orange shop windows with marmalady special offers!
Click here for more information about the festival.
Thank you to the following venues for providing wonderful collection points for our dedicated marmalade makers to leave their marmalades:
Fortnum & Mason
Hospice at Home shop, Penrith
Carlisle Tourist Information Centre
VIRGIN TRAINS MARMALADE EXPRESS DROP OFF
Carlisle, Crewe, Lancaster, Penrith, Preston, Glasgow, London Euston.
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.
The Artisan 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.
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! We update the categories every year, so click here for our 2018 list! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.
To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £200,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2018 the money raised from amateur entry fees will go to charities including Hospice at Home and Marie Curie Scotland. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to charity.
New for 2018: Here at the World's Original Marmalade Awards we are delighted to be running a 'Commonwealth Competition' this year. With the support of the Commonwealth Office and in a year of Commonwealth celebrations, [...]