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THE MARMALADE AWARDS & FESTIVAL, 16th & 17th March 2019

We are hugely grateful to everyone who has sent us their precious jars over the past months. The 2018 winners have been announced and can be found here.

The 2018 Marmalade Awards & Festival took place on 17th & 18th March 2018, and were a great success. Thank you to everyone who sent their jars of marmalade to us from all corners of the world; we look forward to seeing your entries again next year. The 2018 Marmalade Festival was a wonderful event, despite the cold weather and snow! For more information about the 2018 Marmalade Awards and Festival, please click here.

Penrith Goes Orange was, once again, a fantastic day with lots to see and do, and we hope to see more ‘Marmaladians’ there next year.

If you would like to sign up for updates regarding the 2019 Marmalade Awards, please follow this link and complete the form. We will not use your information to spam you or pass it on to a third party.

Further information about the 2019 Marmalade Awards will be published towards the end of 2018.

Collection Points:

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 Cathedral

Carlisle Tourist Information Centre


Carlisle, Crewe, Lancaster, Penrith, Preston, Glasgow, London Euston.

If you would like to suggest a collection point for 2019, please contact Florence 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 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, 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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