The Australian Festival of Marmalade 2021

The 2021 Australian Marmalade Awards are underway! Entries have closed for the Homemade and Artisan competitions and the judging will begin shortly. Awards founder Jane Hasell-McCosh will be taking part in the judging remotely, and she is looking forward to helping to select the very best marmalade in Australia!

The Awards presentations will take place on Friday 12th November 2021, when the winners will be announced!

The 2020 winners

Last year’s champion homemade marmalade maker was Julie Rubenhold of South Australia. Her winning marmalade was a Seville orange and yuzu marmalade and she entered the ‘Any citrus’ category.  Another six gold awards were awarded in the homemade competition, to entrants from Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia.  For the full list of winners, visit https://www.marmalade.net.au/honour-board.

The overall champion double gold award in the artisan competition was awarded to Irene Noakes of Gourmet to Go. Irene has a stall in the Adelaide Central Market.

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.

The Marmalade Awards are an event that brings joy all around the world. We are delighted that the Awards are able to take place in Australia despite the coronavirus pandemic. We hope that entrants will also send their jars to the World’s Original Marmalade Awards next January.

Inspiration:

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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