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THE MARMALADE AWARDS & FESTIVAL

2019 competitions are now CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who has entered the Homemade, Artisan or Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Marmalade Awards for 2019. We have received thousands of entries from all over the world and we can’t wait to announce who has officially made the WORLD’S BEST MARMALADE in 2019.

Judging is now underway and the results will be announced at the Marmalade Festival, which will take place on 16th March at Dalemain Mansion. The Awards ceremony will open the Festival at 10am, for what promises to be a marmalade extravaganza! There will be a farmer’s market, music, a human fruit machine, marmalade tasting, cookery demos, lectures and, of course, displays of all of the 2019 marmalade entries. The event is being supported by Penrith Chamber of Trade & Commerce, who will be running Classic Coaches between Dalemain and Penrith across the weekend. For more information about the Marmalade Festival CLICK HERE.

If you have entered the Marmalade Awards in 2019 and would like further information about what happens next, please see below:

THE HOMEMADE AWARDS

We are so grateful to have received thousands of entries from all over the world into the Homemade Awards this year. The full £10 entry fee will go to Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland, or to the palliative charity of your choice. These funds make a huge difference, and we are so delighted to have received so many wonderful jars in 2019. We love unwrapping delicious looking marmalades, beautifully labelled jars and letters, poems – even the odd marmalade joke! Our new categories proved hugely popular this year, with ‘Marmalade on the Move’ bringing out people’s creative sides and the Thursday Cottage Commonwealth Category encouraging entries from all over the world!

The judging is now underway, and our expert WI preserve judges are on the hunt for the 2019 winner. Please note that Homemade Awards entrants do not receive a notification that your marmalade has arrived. We will only be in touch if there are issues with the entry form, or if your marmalade has arrived broken. Therefore, please do not worry if you have not heard from us!

The Best in Show and the Homemade Awards category winners will be notified of their Award and invited to attend the Awards reception at the Marmalade Festival on 16th March. All other entrants are invited to attend the Festival, where you will receive 2for1 entry to the Mansion to see your marmalade on display. You can collect your results – and, hopefully your certificates – at the Festival. If you are unable to attend the Festival then your results will be posted to you following the event. As the Homemade Awards are run for charity, we have a small team of volunteers organising the postage of certificates, and we therefore ask for your patience.

The Homemade Marmalade Award winners and the Best in Show will be announced on the website on 16th March and the winning marmalade will be available to buy at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly and at Dalemain Mansion. Make sure you stop in for a taste! For more information about the Homemade Awards CLICK HERE.

THE ARTISAN AWARDS

Every year we receive hundreds of high quality preserves into the Artisan Marmalade Awards, and this year is no exception. Winning an Artisan Award denotes a marmalade of incredibly high quality and we look forward to announcing who will be the 2019 winner! All Artisan entrants should have received an email notification confirming the arrival of your entries and the names and categories entered. If you have not received an email, please contact Jane Holme at marmalade@dalemain.com.

All Artisan entries are judged by an expert panel and the Double Gold winners and selected Gold winners will be sold at Fortnum & Mason in their famous Piccadilly Store. If you have won a Gold Award, you will be notified by 8th March and invited to the Gold Award Winner’s reception on 15th March. All other Award winners will be notified by 14th March. All Artisan entrants are invited to attend the Festival on 16th March, where you will receive 2for1 entry into the Mansion to see the displays of marmalade and to collect your results – and, hopefully, your certificates!

If you are unable to attend the Festival then we will post your feedback and certificates to you following the event. If you are an international entrant and you have paid the postage fee, we will post your feedback and certificates. Otherwise, we will send these digitally, via email. As we are a small team we ask for your patience, but all certificates should arrive by the end of April 2019. If you have not received your results at this stage, please contact us at marmalade@dalemain.com. For more information about the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE.

THE HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND B&B AWARDS

We have been on the hunt for the Hotels, Restaurants and B&Bs that make and serve the best marmalades, and are thrilled to have received so many delicious looking entries from around the UK – and indeed the world! Quality homemade marmalade makes all the difference to your customers, and we look forward to celebration this with our 2019 winners. Our expert judging panel includes Janette Likeman, winner of the eviivo‘s Tastiest Breakfast Award, who will be helping to select the best marmalade to go with a traditional cooked breakfast. eviivo are passionate about championing independant establishments, to find the best marmalade to go with a traditional cooked breakfast, and we are proud to be working with them to put the best marmalade making establishments on the Map.

All Hotel, Restaurant and B&B entrants should have received an email notification confirming the arrival of your entries and the names and categories entered. If you have not received an email, please contact Jane Holme at marmalade@dalemain.com.

If you have won a Gold Award, you will be notified by 8th March and invited to the Gold Award Winner’s reception on 15th March. All other Award winners will be notified by 14th March. All Hotel, Restaurant and B&B entrants are invited to attend the Festival on 16th March, where you will receive 2for1 entry into the Mansion to see the displays of marmalade and to collect your results – and, hopefully, your certificates!

If you are unable to attend the Festival then we will post your feedback and certificates to you following the event. If you are an international entrant and you have paid the postage fee, we will post your feedback and certificates. Otherwise, we will send these digitally, via email. As we are a small team we ask for your patience, but all certificates should arrive by the end of April 2019. If you have not received your results at this stage, please contact us at marmalade@dalemain.com. For more information about the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards, CLICK HERE.

 

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Collection Points

Our collection points are now CLOSED. We want to offer our thanks to our wonderful supporters, who provided marmalade collection points across the country, helping more people than ever enter the Marmalade Awards. Thanks to:

Fortnum & Mason

The Virgin Trains Marmalade Express

Thursday Cottage

Hospice at Home

Carlisle Tourist Information

 

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.

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 £220,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2019 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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