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The 2020 competitions will open THIS DECEMBER!

The 2020 Marmalade Competition will launch in December 2019, when competitions and categories will be announced. Every year we receive thousands of entries from over 40 countries worldwide, making this a competition like no other. Entry forms will be available to download, or you can telephone 017684 86450 to request a hard copy. The Awards & Festival will take place on 14th & 15th March 2020. To join our mailing list for more information and to be notified when the competitions open, CLICK HERE.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Homemade, Artisan or Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Marmalade Awards for 2019. We were delighted to crown Beth Furnell of Wales the official Double Gold Winner! For the full list of 2019 winners, please CLICK HERE.

If you would like to enter the Marmalade Awards in 2020, please see below for further information and to select the competition that best suits you:


The Homemade Awards have always been the heart of the Marmalade Awards, and we are delighted to receive thousands of entries from all over the world into the competition every year. The Homemade Awards are open to any amateur marmalade maker, whether you are a first time preserves maker, or a seasoned home cook. To enter the Homemade Awards costs £10 per jar and the full entry fee always goes to Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland, or to the palliative charity of your choice. These funds make a huge difference, and we are so delighted to have received so many wonderful jars over the years, raising over £250,000 for Hospice care charities. Our volunteers love unwrapping delicious looking marmalades, beautifully labelled jars and letters, poems – even the odd marmalade joke! Every year we have new categories – in 2019 ‘Marmalade on the Move’ brought out people’s creative sides and the Thursday Cottage Commonwealth Category encouraged entries from all over the world! We also have a selection of old favourites, such as ‘Dark & Chunky’, ‘Seville’, ‘Any Citrus’ and ‘Merry Marmalade’, so no matter what type of marmalade you make, there will always be a category for you. The 2020 categories will be announced in December 2019, so remember to keep your eyes ‘peeled’!

The 2019 Homemade Marmalade Award winners and the Best in Show have been announced HERE, and the winning marmalade is available to buy at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly and at Dalemain Mansion. Make sure you stop in for a taste! For more information about the Homemade Awards CLICK HERE.


Every year we receive hundreds of high quality preserves into the Artisan Marmalade Awards, and 2019 was no exception. This esteemed competition is open to any small producer who makes their marmalade using the traditional ‘open pan’ method. Winning an Artisan Award denotes a marmalade of incredibly high quality and helps to significantly raise the profile of your products.

All Artisan entries are judged by an expert panel and the Double Gold winners and selected Gold winners are sold at Fortnum & Mason in their famous Piccadilly Store. Each year the Gold winners are invited to the Gold Award Winner’s reception, which launches the Marmalade Festival in March. We will be announcing new categories, judges and Awards in December 2019, when the 2020 Artisan Awards will open.

For more information about the Artisan Awards, CLICK HERE.


We are always on the hunt for the Hotels, Restaurants and B&Bs that make and serve the best marmalades, and are thrilled receive so many delicious looking entries from around the UK – and indeed the world! Quality homemade marmalade makes all the difference to your customers, and we are proud to celebrate this. In 2019 our expert judging panel included Janette Likeman, winner of the eviivo‘s Tastiest Breakfast Award, who helped to select the best marmalade to go with a traditional cooked breakfast. eviivo are passionate about championing independant establishments, and celebrating that which is quirky and unique about these places. We are proud to be working with them to put the best marmalade making establishments on the Map.

For more information about the Hotel, Restaurant and B&B Awards, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to hear more from the Marmalade Awards, and receive notifications about the 2020 competition, you can subscribe to our mailing list by following this link here and completing the form. We will not use your information to spam you or pass it on to a third party.

Collection Points

Our collection points are now CLOSED. We want to offer our thanks to our wonderful supporters, who provided marmalade collection points across the country, helping more people than ever enter the Marmalade Awards. Thanks to:

Fortnum & Mason

The Virgin Trains Marmalade Express

Thursday Cottage

Hospice at Home

Carlisle Tourist Information

The Marmalade Awards – what are they all about?

These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. From small beginnings they have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved.

The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes. Every year in March the winners are announced at the Marmalade Festival, where thousands of marmalades are on display as part of the celebrations.

The Artisan Awards promote small scale marmalade makers using the open-pan method. Judged by an esteemed panel, these prestigious Awards put marmalade makers on the map, and winners can display their ‘Gold’ ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Award roundel on their jars, a huge marketing gift that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.

The Homemade Awards can be entered by anyone, and there are categories from Children’s Marmalade to Merry (with alcohol), Camponologists, Any Citrus and many more, ensuring that no matter what kind of marmalade you make, there is a place you you! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.

The Awards & Festival sponsors include Fortnum & Mason, Thursday Cottage, eviivo, and InkREADible.

Festival Supporters include Barclays and Virgin Rail

To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £250,000 for Hospice at Home. In 2019 the money raised from amateur entry fees will go to charities including Hospice at Home and Marie Curie Scotland. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to charity.

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