The Japanese Marmalade Festival

The Japanese Marmalade Festival2021-12-16T11:00:44+00:00

2021 Japanese Marmalade Awards – Festival of 13th & 14th November!


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Using the power of online communications, the Dalemain World Marmalade Awards in Japan have achieved something remarkable this year. Despite ongoing lockdowns in Japan, the 2021 Marmalade competition has been a huge success, with entries being judged by experts from all over Japan – and even the UK.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 Japanese Marmalade Awards is Mr Shingo Okada with his Blood Orange Marmalade. A delicious and unique preserve, we hope to have this winning marmalade available to try at Dalemain soon.

The Festival

The Festival was due to take place in Spring however it has been delayed until the Autumn owing to coronavirus concerns. The Festival took place at Yawatahama on 13th & 14th November 2021. With stands, marmalade celebrations and an official cermony for the winners, it was a must-do event for marmalade lovers in Japan.

The Dalemain World Marmalade Awards in Japan take place every year in Yawatahama, Ehime, in partnership with The Worlds Original Awards. As the love of marmalade spreads around the world, the popularity of this competition has grown. The 2021 Japanese Awards received over 1400 Homemade entries, and hundreds of artisan jars, with combinations of fruit that make the Japanese awards unique

The Awards in 2021

The judging for the Marmalade Awards in Japan usually takes place in Yawatahama, with an expert panel arriving from across Japan and the UK. Owing to coronavirus restrictions, this has not been possible this year. A solution was found by dividing the marmalade entries, with duplicate jars in both Yawatahama and Tokyo, allowing experts from both regions to be involved the judging. These included Matsuhiro Utsunomiya of Aohata, the oldest marmalade making company in Japan, Takuro Gyobu of Juchheim, Horofumi Kaneko, the chef/pâtissier of Ginza West and Yahei Suzuki, the owner/chef of Piatto Suzuk.

It wasn’t just in Japan that the judging took place; Jane Hasell McCosh and Dan Lepard, longstanding Marmalade Awards judge, were due to attend the judging in Yawatahama and were able to be involved by zoom for the final decisions. The iconic English grocer Fortnum & Mason, sponsors of the Awards in Japan, will be co-branding the winner of the Homemade Japanese Marmalade with Dalemain and it will be sold in their stores in both the UK and Japan, as well as at Dalemain mansion.

The winners were announced at an online event on 16th May. For the list of winners please CLICK HERE.

For more information about the Awards, visit

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.



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