The Japanese Marmalade Festival

「マーマレードフェスティバル日本大会」- The Dalemain World Marmalade Awards & Festival in Japan! Yawatahama, 12th – 19th May 2019

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Japanese Marmalade Awards, which will be held in Ehime, Japan in May 2019!

Dalemain has long been the ‘home of marmalade’ for aficionados around the world, with the World’s Original Marmalade Awards receiving thousands of entries every year from over 30 countries including Australia, India and Botswana. Japanese entrants are some of its most enthusiastic competitors and this passion has led to the launch of the first ever Japanese Marmalade Awards & Festival.

Yawatahama City is located in western Shikoku, which is an island in the southwest of Japan, approximately 4-5 hours from Tokyo by plane and train. Yawatahama is one of the leading citrus producing areas in Japan, with more than 40 varieties of citruses.

The Dalemain World Marmalade Awards & Festival in Japan will take place across an entire ‘Marmalade Week’, from Sunday 12th – Sunday 19th May.  The main venue is “Minatto,” and plans are underway for many exciting marmalade celebrations such as Japan & UK cultural events, music events, marmalade-related talk shows and English Afternoon tea all around the city. The awards reception for Artisans will take place on the evening of 18th May, with the Homemade Awards taking place on the morning of the 19th May.
Judging takes place on the 8th and 9th of May. Judges include Dan Lepard and Michael Perry from UK, and Tsutomu Ochiai, Kenichi Chen and Toshi Yoroizuka.

Awards founder Jane Hasell-McCosh says: ‘We have always received huge numbers of entries into the World’s Original Marmalade Awards from Japan, and have marvelled at how fresh and delicious they are, made with wonderful Japanese citrus fruits including yuzu, daidai and sudachi. The Japanese really do understand the complexity and joy of marmalade and I am looking forward to having the chance to taste many more flavours from all over Japan.”

To enter the Awards & Festival in Japan, send your entries to Yawatahama in Spring 2019! The entry period is from 1st of March to 14th of April.

For more information about the Japanese Marmalade Awards, visit the website here: http://marmalade-festival.jp/  where you can find further information about competitions, categories and lots more exciting info on the Japanese Festival.

We are very grateful to sponsors Aohata, DCM Daiki, and Japan Airlines, for their support.

The Dalemain World Marmalade Awards & Festival in Japan follows in the footsteps of the Australian Marmalade Awards, which take place every Autumn in Adelaide. Jane Hasell-McCosh is delighted to see the joy of marmalade being shared all over the world, and hopes to introduce many more Marmalade Awards and Festivals worldwide.

Jane Hasell-McCosh and family receive a warm Yawatahama welcome from the Mayor and traditional dancers in the city.

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