The Japanese Marmalade Awards have taken place, and have been a huge success. Using the power of online communications, the Dalemain World Marmalade Awards in Japan have achieved something remarkable this year. Despite ongoing lockdowns in Japan, all entries have been judged by experts from all over Japan – and even the UK.

The Dalemain World Marmalade Awards in Japan take place every year in Yawatahama, Ehime, in partnership with The Worlds Original Awards. The International Awards were founded by Jane Hasell-McCosh and take place at Dalemain in the Lake District. As the love of marmalade spreads around the world, the popularity of both competitions has grown. The 2021 Japanese Marmalade Awards have received over 1400 Homemade entries, and hundreds of artisan jars.

The Judging

The judging usually takes place in Yawatahama, with an expert panel arriving from across Japan and the UK. Owing to coronavirus restrictions, this has not been possible this year. A solution was found by dividing the marmalade entries, with duplicate jars in both Yawatahama and Tokyo. This allowed experts from both regions to be involved the judging. These included Matsuhiro Utsunomiya of Aohata, the oldest marmalade making company in Japan and Takuro Gyobu of Juchheim. Expert chefs included Horofumi Kaneko, the chef/pâtissier of Ginza West and Yahei Suzuki, the owner/chef of Piatto Suzuk.

It wasn’t just in Japan that the judging took place! Jane Hasell McCosh and Dan Lepard, longstanding Marmalade Awards judge, were due to attend the judging in Yawatahama and were able to be involved by zoom for the final decisions. The iconic English grocer Fortnum & Mason, sponsors of the Awards in Japan, will be co-branding the winner of the Homemade Japanese Marmalade. It will be sold in their stores in both the UK and Japan, as well as at Dalemain mansion.

The winners were announced at an online event on 16th May, with a Festival planned to follow later in the year. For the list of winners please visit: https://marmalade-festival.jp/en/5416-2.html

To find out more about the Awards, visit www.marmaladeawards.com or https://marmalade-festival.jp.