Marmalade triumphs, despite lockdowns, new regulations and winter storms! Thousands of marmalade jars have poured in from around the world and we can’t wait to pick the winner.

In spite of a difficult year, marmalade makers have proven their resilience.  Entrants have posted thousands of jars to Dalemain ready for the 2021 Marmalade Awards. Marmalades have arrived from around the globe! Japan, Australia, Canada and the Czech Republic are now all regular entrants, but this year’s competition has also seen arrivals from Kuwait, Honduras, Brazil and Zambia.

Marmalade Entries

Marmalade making is a very personal thing, and this has been especially evident this year. Entrants have included messages and notes, and one Japanese marmalade maker even sent a jar with heart-shaped peel inside. It also contained the wish that ‘marmalade will connect everyone’s hearts’. We have also been delighted to unwrap marmalade with knitted woolly hats, hand drawn labels and even, in one case, its own horse and carriage!

More time spent in the kitchen has allowed entrants to be to be especially inventive. Homemade marmalade makers are adding all kinds of new ingredients. Knotweed, gorse flowers, rowan berries and star anise have all been added. Such wonderful creativity, we can’t wait to see what they taste like.

First Timers

Marmalade triumphs again with the Rathbones First Timers category. This competition has seen staff from their Kendal office don chef hats and get slicing with their families. Hopefully it has sparked lifelong marmalade making obsessions! This category has been hugely popular this year, following a quiet winter of being ‘locked down’. One such entry comes from a teenager who spent January making marmalade to his gran’s recipe, instead of going on his planned gap year.

The judging has been delayed until it is safe to recommence, and we hope to announce the award winners on 20th June at Dalemain, as part of the annual Plant Fair. The winning marmalade recipe will be replicated by award-winning producers Thursday Cottage and sold at Dalemain and Fortnum & Mason’s, in their famous Piccadilly store.

The Awards take place with the generous support of Fortnum & Mason, Rathbones, Armstrong Watson, Thursday Cottage and Lycetts.