The Australian Festival of Marmalade – 7th October 2018

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the South Australian Marmalade Awards last year, the South Australian National Trust are once again going National in 2018, 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 welcome hundreds of entries into the competition before the deadline of Friday 21st September. The winner of the 2018 Australian Awards will receive the ultimate prize of having their marmalade produced by Beerenberg, iconic Australian producers of jams and condiments. The winning marmalade will be sold throughout 2019, 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 2018, 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 2019, 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.

Jane said: ‘I am so delighted that the Australian Awards have been such a tremendous success. Australians have always entered phenomenal marmalade into the World’s Original Marmalade Awards, owing in part to how fresh their fruit is. I am looking forward to trying some incredible flavours, and can’t wait to find a winner.’

Winners of the amateur competition and the artisan competition will be announced on Sunday 7th October at the Beaumont House, Adelaide, 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.



Jane Hasell-McCosh has always felt a strong connection to Australia, and hopes to use the Awards to champion the Australian citrus industry. The family have ties to Australia through Martindale Hall, which was built in Australia in the 1800’s by the descendant of a Steward of Dalemain in a failed attempt to win the heart of Frances Hasell, daughter of the house. While fighting to keep this house in the hands of the Australian people, Jane gained close connections with the Australian National Trust, and the idea of developing a second Marmalade festival ‘down under’, to champion Australian heritage, was born.

The Australians have a Marmy Army who love marmalade and each year the town of Buninyong collects marmalade from all over Australia to enter in the Marmalashes’, an Australian cricket team of marmalade sent to challenge the English, who send up their finest team in response. The winning ‘Marmalashes’ Trophy is kept safely behind lock and key in Buninyong court house, where Jane visited it in 2010. The Australian Marmalade Festival will develop and strengthen these ties, whilst introducing more Australians to the love of marmalade and helping to raise money and awareness for the South Australian National Trust and End of Life Care.

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