THE MARMALADE AWARDS & FESTIVAL
Thank you to everyone who entered the 2020 World’s Original Marmalade Awards. We received over 3000 entries from 43 countries, including Japan, Lebanon, Canada, Brazil, Senegal and Australia. The Double Gold ‘Best in Show’ Homemade winner was announced on 14th March as Mr Jonathan Hamel Cooke, with his Dark & Chunky Marmalade. This delicious, classic marmalade has been produced by Thursday Cottage and can be purchased at Fortnum & Mason or in the Dalemain Shop.
The full list of 2020 Homemade, Artisan and B&B winners has been announced and can be found HERE.
We were sad to have to cancel the 2020 Marmalade Festival owing to coronavirus, but thank you to everyone for their kind words and support. We are determined to hold a citrus celebration later in the year, so watch this space for further announcements. In the meantime, we are delighted that, despite the challenging circumstances, the 2020 Marmalade Awards have raised thousands of pounds for Hospice at Home and palliative care charities around the world. This is all thanks to everyone who sent in a jar of their precious marmalade.
The 2021 Marmalade Awards will open in December, when we will announce new competitions, categories and judges. In the meantime, we wish everyone a very happy year of marmalade making!
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. 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.
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, Wares of Knutsford 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 2020 our key beneficiary is Hospice at Home Carlisle & the North Lakes. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to charity.