The Marmalade Awards return in 2021! Organisers at Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria, are delighted to confirm that the world-famous Marmalade Awards will take place next year. Receiving over 3000 entries from more than 40 countries each year, the Awards represent the very best in homemade marmalade. Founder Jane Hasell McCosh has been determined to continue with the competition in spite of present circumstances.

Jane says:

‘I am delighted to announce that we will be launching the 2021 Awards this December. We have been working very hard to ensure that we can run the competition safely. We know that 2020 has been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone and we hope that the Marmalade Awards return will make people smile. It will be something to get their teeth into whether they are entering as an artisan producer, an experienced home cook or a complete novice. Marmalade makers are a worldwide community and we look forward to seeing everyone’s jars together again.’

The competitions will open in December, and the deadline for entries is Wednesday 10th February. Winners will be notified shortly after this date, and the Awards will be announced on Saturday 13th March. The Festival will not take place in March 2021, but organisers hope to extend the marmalade celebrations, with festivities taking place in June and September.

The winner of the Homemade Awards will see their marmalade commercially produced and sold by Fortnum & Mason in their famous Piccadilly store. A portion of each sale goes to charity. Fortnums will also stock a selection of Gold winning Artisan marmalades, a prize highly coveted by all artisan producers.

As always, the full fee for entering the Homemade Awards will go to Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland, or to the palliative care charity of the entrant’s choice. Organisers hope to receive record entries in order to help these vital charities continue their wonderful work after such a hard year. The Awards take place with the generous support of Fortnum & Mason, Rathbones, Armstrong Watson, Thursday Cottage and Lycetts.

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For further information contact:


Florence Lindeman: 017684 86450

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Editor’s Notes: What are the Awards?


Jane founded The World’s Original Marmalade Awards in 2005 to help to preserve, grow and widen one of the most British of customs – marmalade making. From small beginnings they have grown into an internationally renowned and highly acclaimed event They have support from leading companies such as Fortnum & Mason, The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers and Paddington Bear.

The Awards have humour and a life of their own. They have inspired people from all over the world to get involved. In 2020 entrants sent over 3,000 jars of marmalade. They came from countries as far away as South Korea, Botswana, Japan and the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Artisan Marmalade competition has helped to promote small producers around the world. Judged by a small panel of experts, Dalemain roundels denote marmalade of exemplary quality.

At the heart of the Awards & Festival is Dalemain Mansion, a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years and the holder of a rich archive of early marmalade recipes. Visitors to the mansion can purchase a range of the finest Gold winning marmalades, as well as the Double Gold Homemade Winner. This is commercially produced and sold at Dalemain and Fortnum & Mason throughout the year. A portion of jar sales from this marmalade is given to Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland.