homemade marmalade awards

Our 2017 Marmalade Award competition is now open! Make sure you go to the right page to get the entry form that suits you.


For the Homemade competition entry form, go to

For the Artisan and Small Producer competition entry form, go to

For the Hotel, B&B and Restaurant competition entry form, go to

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



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 2017 list! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.

The Awards & Festival sponsors include Mackays, Fortnum & Mason, Hudson’s Heritage and InkREADible. Festival Supporters include Country Life, Barclays, Brindista, Epic Events, Lycetts, Virgin Rail, Aga, Sharrow Bay, Ullswater Steamers & Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors.

To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £200,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2017 the money raised from amateur entry fees will go to Hospice at Home and Marie Curie Scotland. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to these charities.


Sat 18 March, Penrith Town Centre. 10am to 4pm
Don’t miss this FREE festival day as Penrith celebrates the Marmalade Awards. The town centre will be festooned in orange and fizzing with artisan craft and produce stalls, street entertainers, magicians, musicians, dancers and storytelling. And lots for bears, of course!
Get all the sticky details at discoverpenrith.co.uk/penrithgoesorange

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