Jane Hasell-McCosh has once again travelled to Adelaide to judge the Australian Marmalade Awards, organised by the South Australian National Trust in partnership with the Dalemain International Awards. Entries have grown year by year as the marmalade word has ‘spread’ and with record entries this year Jane was delighted to be tasting hundreds of jars, some Artisan and some Homemade, on the hunt for the best marmalade in Australia. The Australian Awards always yield fantastic results, with entries often made using fruits picked fresh from the back garden, and fantastic flavour combinations. As the Marmalashes has proven, Australian marmalade makers are more than able to hold their own against the British cooks, and with the winner automatically being entered into the World Marmalade Competition back home at Dalemain, we can’t wait to see what the judges have chosen!

The Australian Marmalade Awards & Festival were launched this year with a hugely succesful Citrus Festival and a number of the entries have been made with fruit purchased at this event. Jane has been judging the entries with experts including Stephen Downes, Head Cook of South Australian marmalade makers Beerenberg, and SWI judges Allie Reynolds and Kath Rayner. For more insight into the judging, please click HERE to read the ABC News article on the event.

As well as tasting marmalade, Jane has been busy meeting with the Minister for Environment and Water, Minister David Speirs, to discuss citrus production and, of course, to bring him a jar of marmalade! She will also be visiting Marmalade Awards patron and citrus expert Ian Tolley.

The Australian Festival of Marmalade will take place on Sunday 7th October at Beaumont House from 11am – 5pm. The winner will be announced at 1.30pm and there will be an array of events showcasing all things marmalade! With presentations, top tips, cooking demonstrations and musical performances, this is a day not to be missed. For more information please CLICK HERE.