Important update – never fear, the Marmalade Awards shall continue!

The Marmalade Awards have taken place every year since 2005. They shall continue in 2021, bringing an orange ray of light to an otherwise dark January. Entrants are being asked to submit their jars as normal through the post.  The results will be delayed until June to allow all entries to be judged safely.

A message from Awards founder Jane Hasell McCosh:

Since announcing the Awards would return, we have had such a fantastic reaction from all over the world. People are thrilled to be able to participate in something creative after what has been such a difficult year. Small artisan producers in particular need championing at the moment! I know how important our Awards are when it comes to promoting their preserves. We therefore feel it is vital to hold the Awards this year, as long as we can do so safely.

The wellbeing of our judges and volunteers is obviously paramount, and we cannot judge at present. We are therefore delaying the results. We will resume judging only when everyone is comfortable that we can do so safely. We are asking people to send their jars as normal, and the deadline for entries remains the 10th February. Please do send your entries in now. Luckily, marmalade is a product that can be stored for weeks or months without losing its quality!’

We are also confident that the calibre of the judging will not be impacted. The Artisan competition will still be judged by a panel of experts, led by Head Judge Dan Lepard. Albeit in different and isolated circumstances!

New category: Marmalade for a Friend

In response to the ongoing pandemic, we have another important update. We have announced a new category for 2021: ‘Marmalade for a Friend’. We hope this will encourage people to give the gift of homemade marmalade, as a way of thanking the friends, family or even kind strangers who have made such a difference in 2020. There are an extraordinary number of people who deserve something to remind them of how special they are this year. The Awards look forward to sharing the stories behind the jars.

Collection Points

Important Update: sadly the majority of our collection points are closed, as the premises are not able to remain open to visitors. This includes the Hospice at Home shop and Carlisle Tourist information, as well as Fortnum & Mason St Pancras and Royal Exchange. However, Fortnum & Mason’s food hall in Piccadilly remains open for essential goods and they are delighted to be offering a Collection Point, where people can safely take their jars for delivery to Dalemain.

The other Collection Point is an international affair, as it is located in Hong Kong! Overseas entrants can take their jars to the Fortnum & Mason in K11 Atelier, Hong Kong, on or before 24th January, and they will be flown around the globe to Dalemain – a serious saving on postage fees.

The results of the Marmalade Awards will be announced on 20th June 2021, as part of the annual Dalemain Plant fair, which will have a marmalade twist this year. Winners will once again see their jars for sale in Fortnum & Mason’s iconic Piccadilly store, and all proceeds from the Homemade Marmalade Awards will go to Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland.

The Festival will not take place in March 2021, but we hope to launch a series of virtual celebration videos to mark ‘National Marmalade Day’ on 13th March. The Awards take place with the generous support of Fortnum & Mason, Rathbones, Armstrong Watson, Thursday Cottage and Lycetts.