homemade marmalade awards



The World’s Original Marmalade Awards are back for their 13th year, and the competitions for 2018 are now OPEN!


Now truly a global phenomenon, the Marmalade Awards last year welcomed over 2,700 entries from 40 countries, and we hope to see even more jars flying in from all corners of the globe in 2018.

The Homemade Competition  remains the heart of the Awards, and we are proud to champion this quirkiest, most inventive of fundraising competitions. Not only do we receive entries from everyone from children to octogenarians, hairdressers to judges, but entries arrive complete with knitted hats, beautiful labels and once even a bread roll for tasting! With well over £200,000 raised for Hospice care in the UK and around the world, Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland will once again be our keen beneficiary in 2018. The full entry fee goes to charity, and the Best in Show winner will be given the opportunity to see their marmalade produced by quality preserves maker Thursday Cottage and sold in Fortnum & Mason’s famous Piccadilly store.

The Homemade Entry Form can be found HERE, with further information and the full list of exciting new categories. Further information about the Homemade Awards can be found HERE or email marmalade@dalemain.com.

The Artisan Competition remains THE competition for small independent producers and our panel of expert judges will be back in 2018, on the hunt for the best Artisan producer in the world. Last year saw champions from the UK, Australia and the Czech republic – who will be victorious this year? With expert feedback, Marmalade Award roundels and sales at Fortnum & Mason for selected winners, this competition is not to be missed. The Artisan Entry Form can be downloaded HERE. For further information, visit our Artisan page.

The Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Competition is going from strength to strength, with our wonderful sponsors eviivo challenging all independent accommodation providers to get involved for the chance to be listed on our Marmalade Map – because as everyone knows, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there’s nothing that starts your day off quite so well as a wonderful marmalade. The Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Entry form can be downloaded HERE.

Collection Points:

If you want to save yourself some postage, you could be in luck! The following places are kindly acting as ‘Collection Points’ for the Marmalade Competition, so you can drop your parcel off, and they will be sent on to Dalemain safely. Please make sure that your marmalade is wrapped and sealed for postage, with the entry form inside the parcel.

Fortnum & Mason – You can submit your Homemade Marmalade entry at Fortnum’s Piccadilly, please go to the Fresh Food Ordering Station located in the Lower Ground Food Hall, where a member of staff will process your registration in exchange for a pot of Fortnum’s very own Marmalade. Alternatively, entries can be submitted at Fortnum & Mason in St Pancras Station. Please speak to a member of staff on arrival who will be able to assist.

Hospice at Home shop, Penrith – Entries can be dropped off at 3 Little Docray, Penrith. The shop will be open 10am – 4pm Mon – Sat and members of staff will be happy to assist.

Carlisle Cathedral – Please note that Prior’s Kitchen is closed, but entries can be left at the Cathedral Office at the Abbey.


Stay tuned for further collection points!

The 2018 Marmalade Awards & Festival will take place on 17th & 18th March 2018. The competition deadline is 9th February, so please ensure that all entries arrive at Dalemain on or prior to this date to ensure that they are judged. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email marmalade@dalemain.com.


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.

The Awards & Festival sponsors include Fortnum & Mason, Thursday Cottage, href=”https://eviivo.com/”>eviivo, Partridges and InkREADible.

Festival Supporters include Barclays and Virgin Rail

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.

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