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The Marmalade Awards 2021 – winners announced

Thank you to everyone who sent a jar of marmalade into this year’s competition. Despite coronavirus restrictions, postal delays and winter storms, we received thousands of entries from all over the world! We were delighted to announce our winners at the Plant Fair on Sunday 20th June, when our 2021 Best in Show was revealed to be 9 year old Flora Rider, for her Seville Orange Marmalade with Orange Blossom! Huge congratulations to Flora, and to all of our winners.

The full list of 2021 winners can be found HERE.

Flora’s Award-winning marmalade has been co-branded by Dalemain and Fortnum & Mason, and faithfully reproduced by Thursday Cottage. You can buy it online HERE, alongside a selection of Artisan Gold winners. Flora’s marmalade can also be purchased from Dalemain Tearooms, and Fortnum & Mason stores in both the UK and Hong Kong. 

For more information about the winners of the 2021 Marmalade Awards, you can read our blog post HERE.

Thank you to every entrant, and we hope to see your jars again in 2022. We have posted out all certificates and mark cards, and we ask for your patience as the post can be slow at present, especially for international shipments.

The 2022 Marmalade Awards

The Marmalade Awards will open in December 2021, and entries can be sent until 11th February 2022. The Artisan Awards will be announced on the 26th March ahead of National Marmalade Week, and the Homemade Awards will be announced at the Marmalade Festival on 14th May 2022.

If you would like to enter the Marmalade Awards in 2022, read on for more information!

The Homemade Awards

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! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world. To find out more about the Homemade Awards, CLICK HERE. To join the mailing list and be notified when the 2022 Homemade Awards open, CLICK HERE.

The Artisan Awards

These 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. Selected winners are stocked by Fortnum & Mason in their prestigious Piccadilly store. To find out more about the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE. To join the mailing list and be notified when the 2022 Artisan Awards open, CLICK HERE.

Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards

These Awards are for anyone who runs an establishment that serves their very own homemade marmalade! A crucial component to any meal out, or holiday visit, we want to shout about the people going that extra mile to ensure their guests get the very best. To find out more about the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards, CLICK HERE. To join the mailing list and be notified when the 2022 Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards open, CLICK HERE.

The Marmalade Awards are made possible through the generous support of Fortnum & Mason. 

The Marmalade Awards – what are they all about?

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. People enter the Marmalade Awards from a wide array of countries including Australia, Japan, Colombia, Senegal, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Canada, India and Singapore. Any marmalade will be considered for the competition, as long as it is predominantly citrus, and we love to receive marmalades made from new and unusual citrus fruits and ingredients. 

The Awards & Festival exist thanks to the support of our generous sponsors: Fortnum & MasonThursday Cottage, Armstrong Watson, Wares of Knutsford and InkREADible.

We were also delighted to welcome a new sponsor for 2021 – Rathbones.
‘Rathbones provides individual investment and wealth management services for private clients, charities, trustees and professional partners. We have been trusted for generations to manage and preserve our clients’ wealth. Our tradition of investing and acting responsibly has been with us from the beginning and continues to lead us forward. We see it as our responsibility to invest for everyone’s tomorrow. That means doing the right thing for our clients and for others too. Keeping the future in mind when we make decisions today. Looking beyond the short term for the most sustainable outcome. This is how we build enduring value for our clients, make a wider contribution to society and create a lasting legacy. Thinking, acting and investing responsibly.’

Festival Supporters include Barclays and Avanti West Coast.

To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £250,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2021 our key beneficiary is Hospice at Home Carlisle & the North Lakes. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to charity.


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