homemade marmalade awards

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards
Homemade Category 2022

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Proudly supported by Fortnum & Mason and Rathbones

The Homemade section of the Marmalade Awards celebrates the best of homemade marmalade making.  Join us at the Marmalade Festival 14th & 15th of May

Did you know that for the Homemade marmalade award categories, the FULL ENTRY FEE goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world?

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 £270,000 for hospice care and with your help, we hope to raise even more.

The Best in Show marmalade is chosen from the winners of all the Homemade categories and their winning recipe is then commercially made for us so it can be sold in our shop and at Fortnum & Mason. A donation from each pot goes to charity. The winner chooses the charity for jars sold in Fortnum & Mason and Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland receives a donation from pots sold at Dalemain.

To join the mailing list and be notified when next year’s Homemade Awards open, CLICK HERE.

2022 Homemade Awards categories:

The Homemade Awards can be entered by anyone, and this year there were 15 categories from Children’s Marmalade to Merry Marmalade (with alcohol), Camponologists and Any Citrus.

The Next Generation is a new category this year – sponsored by Rathbones – there are so many stories attached to these entries – it really is worth taking a look. Rathbones also sponsor our First Timers marmalade category and we were delighted to see their offices getting involved in this when it was first launched in 2021.

So no matter what kind of marmalade you like to make, there should be a category for you in the future!

Do you sell your marmalade commercially? You can enter the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE.

The 2021 Winner

Flora Rider received the Best in Show award for her Seville Orange Marmalade with Orange Blossom. When asked about her experience, Flora said:

“I really enjoyed taking part in the Marmalade Awards. It was exciting to hear that I had won. Making marmalade with different flavours was fun. I was over the moon to see my jars in Fortnum and Mason. It was exciting to visit the store in London. The staff made me feel very special.  I also got to visit the Marmalade Festival at Dalemain. I thought it was great, especially the marmalade ice cream. It is nice to know that I have helped raise money for charity and I am looking forward to making marmalade again this year.”

Marmalade Festival

We are delighted to be holding a full event in May and look forward to welcoming Marmalade lovers from around the world. We hope that this later date will mean glorious weather and the perfect backdrop for our marmalade celebrations. Click here to find out more about the Marmalade Festival


The competition would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Our newest headline sponsor is Rathbones. In 2021, Rathbones sponsored the First Timers category, following on from this great success they are now sponsoring a second category: ‘Rathbones Next Generation’. Here is what Richard Dawson, the Regional Director at Kendal had to say:

“We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival. What started out for Rathbones as a way of supporting local business in Cumbria, brought together colleagues from Aberdeen to Exeter during lockdown, many of us making marmalade for the first time. We’re proud to put our name to a new category this year with Rathbones’ Next Generation marmalade. We hope the younger generation have as much fun in making marmalade as we did, particularly as the proceeds support such a good cause’

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

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