Deadline for entries 13 February 2014

Issued: 5 February 2014

Marmalade makers wanting to prove their preserves are world class have only a few days left to enter The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.

Jars for the 2014 awards need to be received no later than Thursday 13 February. Entries have been arriving at Marmalade HQ – Dalemain Mansion nr Penrith in the Lake District – for weeks, with volunteers opening packages from as far afield as Australia, Mexico, Spain, Canada, Idaho, New Zealand, Japan, California, Slovakia and the Philippines.

Awards founder Jane Hasell-McCosh said: “The marmalade tension is already rising at Dalemain with scores of entries coming in. What’s particularly wonderful to see is the care that people have gone to with their packaging and labelling. We’ve had jars packed safely in parcels of popcorn and even Herdwick wool!”

New for 2014 is a network of marmalade collection points in London and Scotland, where entrants can drop-off their jars in person. This includes Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly (deadline 7 Feb); Paddington Bear shop at Paddington Station; Barmouth Kitchen café in Wandsworth; Mackays visitor shop in Arbroath, Herbies deli in Edinburgh and Hopetoun Farm Shop in Newton.

Children are also being encouraged to get involved. The event boasts a marmalade-themed literary competition with finalists judged by Paddington Bear author Michael Bond (deadline 10 Feb) and a children’s category for marmalade too.

The Awards, which last year raised £23,000 for charity, are part of this quintessentially British marmalade festival, being held at Dalemain on 1 and 2 March 2014.

Last year around 2,000 amateur and commercial marmalade entrants from across the globe sent in their jars. Homemade marmalade winner Dr Chong, a micro-biologist from Brighton, had his Blood Orange with Vodka recipe stocked at Fortnum & Mason with 50p from each jar sold going back to charity. The winning artisan marmalade made by Blanka Milfaitova was also stocked in the London store.

The awards & festival, which kicks off National Marmalade Week (3-8 March) and runs alongside Hospice at Home’s ‘Go Orange’ appeal*, includes:

  • For cooks – marmalade-making workshops, cookery demos by Lucy’s Cookery School, talk & demo in the private kitchen at Dalemain by New York cookery writer Elizabeth Field, wine tasting workshops with Laithwaites and bread-making demos by Dan Lepard. All the competition marmalades are also on display.
  • For children – appearances from Paddington Bear and book readings plus a Children’s Warm Up and Fun Run
  • And – a Marmalade 10k Trail Race, artisan farmers market, crafts, marmalade church service and a marmalade dinner cooked by Peter Sidwell.  Tickets for the workshops are still available, details on the website.

Further entry details including a downloadable entry form, category criteria, submission details and entry fees can be found by visiting: All proceeds from amateur entry fees will be donated to charity.  The 2014 beneficiaries are Hospice at Home, Action Medical Research and Marie Curie in Scotland.

Sponsors of the event include Mackays (the last remaining Dundee marmalade maker in Dundee), Paddington and Fortnum & Mason. Other supporters of the event include Barclays, Spinks Jam Jars and Laithwaite’s Wines.

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For further information, please contact Emma Mason PR:

Emma Mason:  07762 117433 /

Louise Barnett: 07713 742685 / 

Notes for editors: Hospice at Home Go Orange appeal – We are encouraging the local community to ‘Go Orange’ in celebration of the Marmalade Festival.  If you run a café, restaurant or hotel could you add a citrus-themed product to your menu? Or perhaps could you organise a Wear Orange day or a citrus cake sale at your workplace? There are many ways you can get involved. If you would like to take part please call the Fundraising Office 01768 210719.


Last changed: Feb 05 2014 at 11:28 AM