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The Australian Festival of Marmalade 2019
The Australian Marmalade Awards ‘Dalemain Down Under’ – toasting Australia’s best marmalade!
Winners have been announced for the 2019 Australian Festival of Marmalade, which took place at Beaumont House on 13th October.
Almost 250 entries were received from across Australia and as far as New Zealand and Europe, with separate competitions for home-made and artisan (small-scale commercial) marmalades. “Once again, the response from Australia’s marmalade makers has been fantastic,” said Dr Darren Peacock, CEO of the National Trust of South Australia, organisers of the awards and festival.
Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards in the United Kingdom, officiated at judging of entries in Adelaide last week and presented the major awards at Beaumont House today (at 12.30pm).
“I have had a remarkable time judging,” she said. “The standard is as good if not better than last year’s competition and the three double gold award winners are well deserved. Australian marmalade has really come of age. We will be watching with interest in the UK to see how these awards develop and very much hope that this year’s Australian winners will consider entering the International competition. ”
This year’s champion homemade marmalade maker is Reuben Kooperman of Western Australia. His winning marmalade is a tangelo and Sullivan’s Cove Malt Whisky and was entered in the ‘With a Twist’ category. Another nine gold awards were awarded in the home-made competition, to entrants from Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.
The overall champion double gold award in the artisan competition was awarded to joint champions: Larder & Spade from Sale, Victoria, and to Gourmet to Go, which has a stall in the Adelaide Central Market. Larder & Spade also won gold for their Seville orange with Loch gin marmalade. The other gold award winner in the artisan competition was another SA small scale producer, Fiaje, for their Cumquat marmalade and also for their Gin & tonic lime marmalade.
All gold medal winners in this year’s Australian awards will receive free entry to the international competition in the UK next March. This year’s Australian champion homemade marmalade will have the opportunity to be produced in a limited commercial run by iconic South Australian producer Beerenberg Farm.
Sunday’s Festival of Marmalade at Beaumont House in Adelaide featured a program of live music by the South Australian Navy Jazz band, food, craft and produce stalls, talks, featuring Australia’s Mr Citrus Ian Tolley OAM, a cooking demonstration, a Q & A session on making marmalade, Devonshire and marmalade teas and the announcement and presentation of this year’s awards. A range of artisan marmalades, including the champion marmalades, were available for free tastings and for sale alongside a display of all entries in the homemade competition.
The Australian Marmalade Awards will return in September 2020, when we will be on the look out for more of the best marmalades Australia has to offer.
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.