homemade marmalade awards

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards
Homemade Category 2021


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The Homemade Marmalade Awards are now CLOSED for 2021!


Thank you to everyone who sent a jar of marmalade into this year’s competition. Despite coronavirus restrictions, postal delays and winter storms, we have received thousands of entries from all over the world! We are busy unwrapping and logging them, and we look forward to beginning judging as soon as it is safe to do so.

Winners will be notified once the judging has taken place, and the Awards will be announced at our Plant Fair as part of the marmalade Festivities on Sunday 20th June.

The Results

The Homemade Award winner will be notified by telephone once the judging has been completed. We will also telephone the category winners, who will be invited to attend the Marmalade celebrations on 20th June. All other entrants are invited to attend the celebrations on 20th June where they can collect their results and certificates. Otherwise, all results and certificates will be posted to entrants after the weekend.

The winner will have the opportunity to see their marmalade produced by Award-winning small scale producers Thursday Cottage and sold by Fortnum & Mason in their iconic Piccadilly store. 50p from the sale of each jar will go to Hospice at Home. The full homemade entry fee from each jar entered goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.

2021 Categories

1a. Clear Seville Marmalade, a clear jelly with or without peel
1b. Whole Fruit Marmalade, containing all the pulp & peel but no pips
2a. Any Citrus Marmalade, any citrus with Seville
2b. Any Citrus Marmalade, any citrus excluding Seville
3. Children’s Marmalade
4. First Timer’s Marmalade
5. Dark & Chunky Marmalade
6. Man Made Marmalade
7. Marmalade For a Friend
8. Gardener’s Marmalade (with garden ingredients)
9. Merry Marmalade (with alcohol)
10. Octogenarians & Upwards Marmalade
11. Campanologist’s Marmalade (for bellringers)
12. Marmalade MacNab (to be served with savoury food)
13. Marmalade with a Twist (with interesting additions)
14. International Marmalade (for anyone outside the UK)

NEW for 2021 – Marmalade For a Friend
Homemade marmalade makes a wonderful gift, and we know that there are an extraordinary number of people who deserve something to remind them of how special they are this year. Enter a marmalade made with a friend in mind – whether inspired by them (such as ginger marmalade for redheads!), or simply one of their favourites. We can’t wait to hear who your entries are for and why.

To join the mailing list, CLICK HERE.

If you sell your marmalade commercially and you would like to enter the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE.

About the Homemade Awards

The Homemade Marmalade Awards are a competition for amateur marmalade makers, which aims to find the very best homemade marmalade maker in the world, while raising lots of money for Hospice at Home along the way!

The Homemade Awards have always been the heart of the Dalemain Awards, and every year we receive entries from all over the world, including Australia, Lebanon, Brazil and Canada to name but a few! We always have lots of exciting categories and extra competitions, to ensure that there is something for every marmalade maker, from expert home-cook to adventurous first-timer.

Entering the competition

All Homemade entries are judged by our wonderful WI judges and the full £10 entry fee goes directly to palliative care charities; so far we have raised over £250,000 for hospice care and with your help we hope to raise even more.

The 2020 Marmalade Awards winner was Jonathan Hamel Cooke, and we have been selling his traditional ‘Dark & Chunky’ marmalade both at Dalemain and in Fortnum & Mason, where it has proven enormously popular. Will another classic marmalade scoop the prize in 2021, or will an inventive combination prove the winner? Only time will tell – and the winning marmalade could be yours!

Collection Points

Thank you to our wonderful collection points in 2021:

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly
Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm

Fortnum & Mason, K11 Atelier, Hong Kong
Monday – Sunday, 11am -9pm. Deadline – 24th January.

Hospice at Home Shop, Penrith

Carlisle Tourist Information Centre, Old Town Hall

Linnels Farm, Northumberland

The Homemade Awards are made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

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