Entries close for another phenomenal Marmalade competition
Thank you to everyone who has entered the Homemade, Artisan or Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Marmalade Awards for 2019. We have received thousands of entries from all over the world! We can’t wait to announce who has officially made the WORLD’S BEST MARMALADE in 2019.
Judging is now complete and the results will be announced at the Marmalade Festival, which will take place on 16th March at Dalemain Mansion. The Awards ceremony will open the Festival at 10am, for what promises to be a marmalade extravaganza! There will be a farmer’s market, music, a human fruit machine, marmalade tasting, cookery demos, lectures and, of course, displays of all of the 2019 marmalade entries. The event is being supported by Penrith Chamber of Trade & Commerce. They will be running Classic Coaches between Dalemain and Penrith across the weekend. For more information about the Marmalade Festival CLICK HERE.
The Awards are seen as the pinnacle of marmalade making and as well as entries from marmalade enthusiasts in Australia, Canada and Spain, we are thrilled to have received jars from Hong Kong, Mexico, Indonesia and Ukraine. Japanese entrants, long some of the most enthusiastic competitors, have meanwhile entered hundreds of jars into both the Homemade and Artisan competitions ahead of the first Dalemain Marmalade Awards in Japan, which will take place in Yawatahama from 12th – 19th May 2019.
Although we have seen no shortage of traditional Seville orange marmalades, the future of this preserve is definitely vibrant, with warm flavours firmly in favour. Popular ingredients in 2019 include ginger, chilli, passionfruit and pineapple! Alongside the usual lemon, lime and whiskey the Awards received marmalade containing potato vodka, mango, sake, prosecco and even carrot cake!
The Thursday Cottage Commonwealth Competition
Although the competition is now closed, late entrants are still in with a chance with the ‘Thursday Cottage Commonwealth Competition’. We are accepting entries until 14th March and welcome jars from any of the 53 Commonwealth countries. As well as a symbol of how marmalade inspires friendships around the world, this competition is also a celebration of local flavours and ingredients. Entries so far include a Canadian marmalade containing homemade organic lemons, fennel, cumin and coriander, and a Kenyan creation excitingly labelled ‘Kenyalade’!
The Marmalade Awards Collection Points proved hugely popular this year, with sponsors Fortnum & Mason collecting record numbers of entries at three of their stores with their ‘jar exchange’. Entrants were gifted with a jar of Fortnums marmalade in return for their well-loved homemade offerings. The Virgin Trains Marmalade Express once again sped up the West Coast mainline collecting entries and proved a saviour for locals and international entrants alike, with jars arriving via at Penrith station all the way from Ecuador! Marmalade collected in the First-Class lounges was then tasted by the first-class judging panel. This included Award patrons Dan Lepard and Pam ‘the Jam’ Corbin, as well as author and leading pastry and chocolate expert Will Torrent.
The winner of the 2019 Marmalade Awards will be announced at the Dalemain Marmalade Festival, which takes place on 16th March at Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria. The 2019 ‘Best-In-Show’ will have their marmalade commercially produced by sponsors Thursday Cottage and sold at Fortnum & Mason and Dalemain. 50p from each jar will go to Hospice at Home Carlisle & the North Lakes, the main beneficiary of the Marmalade Awards.