Local Company Up To Their Eyes in Marmalade
A fundraising competition to find the Best Marmalade in the World is celebrating its seventeenth year. The World’s Original Marmalade Awards, held at Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria, is an annual marmalade extravaganza that raises money for Hospice at Home and Hospices all over the UK. The competition is now officially open and organisers are calling all marmalade makers.
Each year the Homemade Marmalade Competition has a range of fun and interesting categories that push the marmalade boundary. The overall winner’s marmalade is then made commercially and sold at Fortnum & Mason, with a percentage of each sale going to charity. This is not only a way to raise money for an incredible cause but also celebrate the Great British custom of marmalade. The 2021 champion was 9-year-old Flora Rider from the Isle of Wight with her Seville Orange Marmalade with Orange Blossom, her marmalade has proven to be incredibly popular and everyone is vying for this year’s top spot.
Fundraising has always been at the heart of the Marmalade Awards, with the full entry fee going to Hospice work. So far the Awards have raised over £270,000 for palliative care, giving people the help they really need.
Every year over three thousand entries fill the halls of Dalemain Mansion. And the driveway is often dotted with a range of courier vans and postal workers delivering these pots of gold. This year Rathbones Investment Management, a sponsor of the Festival, are operating a marmalade exchange within two of their offices. Rather than posting entries to Dalemain Mansion, entrants can wrap up their jars and take them to Rathbones’ Lymington Office at 48 High Street or the Winchester Office on Southgate Street. In return for using this drop-off point for entries, they will receive a small jar of Jane’s marmalade. Jane Hasell-McCosh is the founder of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards and it is her famed marmalade, made with a secret recipe, that people can take home free of charge. A small taster of the marmalade themed magic to come.
The competition is open from Tuesday 4th January to Friday 11th February. The category winners and ‘Best in Show’ will be announced at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival on Saturday 14th May 2022, at Dalemain Mansion. Marmalade will be on display throughout the house, with a range of marmalade themed stalls and activities in the grounds.
With the support of companies such as Rathbones, 2022 looks set to be an incredible year for charity and marmalade.
The Awards take place with the generous support of Fortnum & Mason and Rathbones.
To find out more about the Awards, visit www.marmaladeawards.com