The Australian Festival of Marmalade 2020

Australia’s winners were revealed at the fifth annual Australian Festival of Marmalade at Beaumont House on Sunday 1st November, in partnership with the World’s Original Marmalade Awards.

220 entries were received from across Australia and as far as France, with separate competitions for home-made and artisan 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, was not able to make it to Australia this year. Instead, she tasted the short-listed entries via Zoom from her home Dalemain in the Lake District.

“I have had a remarkable time judging,” she said. “The standard is as good if not better than last year’s competition and the two double gold award winners are well deserved.  Australian marmalade has really come of age.  We  very much hope that this year’s Australian winners will consider entering the International competition. ”

The winners

This year’s champion homemade marmalade maker is Julie Rubenhold of South Australia. Her winning marmalade is 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.

Sunday’s Festival of Marmalade at Stangate House in Aldgate featured a program of live music by the South Australian Navy Jazz band, food, craft and produce stalls and talks. These featured Australia’s Mr Citrus Ian Tolley OAM, a cooking demonstration by Those Barossa Girls, a Q & A session on the marmalade competition judging, Devonshire and marmalade teas. The announcement and presentation of this year’s awards was the highlight event.

A range of artisan marmalades, including some of the marmalades, were available for free tastings and for sale. These were alongside a display inside Stangate House of all entries in the homemade competition.

The Marmalade Awards are an event that brings joy all around the world. We are delighted that the Awards and Festival were 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 this 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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