Now we’re fully into December, there’s no excuse not to have your tree up and your mistletoe out. Decorating for Christmas is always one of the highlights of the festive season – whether you’re a fan of lights, tinsel, holly or candles, nothing makes it feel like Christmas more than seeing the baubles on the tree, the cards on the mantelpiece and the wreath on the door. Here at Dalemain we’re no different, and we’ve had great fun not only decorating the house, but adding santa hats to our favourite Christmas marmalades!

Now we obviously don’t expect everyone to dress their marmalades up for Christmas morning – the deadline isn’t until February, after all. But we would love for you to take a leaf our of your Christmas book, and make sure that your marmalade is not only the tastiest, but also the most beautifully dressed that you can possibly achieve. Why? Because not only will you bring the volunteers and judges joy, but you’ll also be in with a chance of winning our Best Label Competition.

marmaladejudging-0809At the Marmalade Awards we love fine feathers – sometimes literally, as this gorgeous jar shows. We hope 2017 will provide our most intricate, beautiful and fun jars yet. There is no extra charge for entering the label competition, and with a separate competition for children, we’re looking for creativity from people of all ages. If your marmalade has a story to tell, then let the label reflect this, whether it’s a wedding, a country, a flavour or a person.  We’ve had many fantastic decorations over the years, and we’ve loved every one. Here are some of our favourites:

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Artisans may have their labels already prepared for professional sales, but that doesn’t mean they’re exempt – Mackays’ Award for Artisan Excellence will factor in appearance, so make sure that your designs are the very best to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic new award.

Need some Christmas inspiration? Check out Fortnum & Mason’s wonderful Christmas display windows and Christmas hampers – think food can’t look fantastic? Think again.

We hope this Christmas leaves you feeling creative, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with in 2017.

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