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The 2017 Marmalade competition is now closed, and we would like to thank the thousands of people from all over the world who sent us their precious pots. We received over 3,000 entries from over 30 countries, and have raised over £200,000 for Hospice care in the UK and around the world. We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Best in Show was Shona Leckie, with her ‘Marmalade with a Twist’ – Seville Orange marmalade with Tate & Lyle Treacle. You can purchase the winning marmalade from Fortnum & Mason or at the Dalemain shop. For a full list of the 2017 winners, please Click Here.

We would like to thank Fortnum & Mason, Mackays and Tate & Lyle for their generous sponsorship, without which the Awards would not be possible. We would also like to thank the Japanese Ambassador for attending the Awards & Festival, and for his kind words. For more information about the Ambassador’s visit please Click Here.

The 2018 Marmalade Awards & Festival will take place on 17th & 18th March 2018. The competition will open in December 2017, so watch this space! For more information about how to enter the Awards, or if you would like to join our mailing list to be notified when the competitions open, please email marmalade@dalemain.com.



We are delighted to announce that following the success of the South Australian Marmalade Awards last year, the South Australian National Trust are taking the competition national in 2017, and are on the hunt for the best marmalade maker in all Australia. Working in partnership with the Dalemain World’s Original Marmalade Awards, the National Trust hope to build on the success of last year and welcome hundreds of entries in before the deadline of 28th August. Once again, the winner will be reproduced by Beerenberg, iconic Australian producers of jams and condiments, and sold throughout 2018, with proceeds going to the South Australian National Trust.

The International Marmalade Awards have always been hugely popular in Australia, with the ‘Marmalashes’ competition receiving record entries in 2017, before being taken by the Aussies, who keep the trophy safe in Buninyong for another year. In 2017 an Australian, Dr Lachlan Shackleton-Fergus from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, won the top Artisan award for his grapefruit with a ‘hint of honey’ marmalade, winning a contract with the famous Fortnum & Mason store to stock his marmalade.

The Australians are on the hunt for a champion who can lead them once more to victory in 2018, and the Australian Marmalade Awards are the perfect place to showcase their talents. Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards, will be travelling to Adelaide for the judging.

Winners of the amateur competition and the artisan competition will be announced on Sunday 3rd September at the Festival at Olivewood Homestead, Renmark, the home of Australian marmalade.

The competitions and festival are licensed to the Dalemain World’s Marmalade Awards in the UK, meaning that anyone entering the Australian competition who wants to gain international recognition as a marmalade maker can then enter the competition in the UK for no extra entrance fee.

For more information, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/marmalade/


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, eviivo, 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 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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Sweet Success for Australia’s Best Marmalade

Australia’s best marmalades have been recognised today in the second annual Australian Festival of Marmalade at Renmark in South Australia, heart of the nation’s citrus industry. More than 200 entries were received from across Australia [...]


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