It has been another year of sweet success for Australia’s marmalade!

The 2019 Australian Marmalade Awards have once again been a huge triumph, with winners from across the country revealed at the Festival at Beaumont House on Sunday 13th October.

Almost 250 entries were received from across Australia and as far afield as New Zealand, Hong Kong and Spain with separate competitions for home-made and artisan (small commercial) marmalades. “Once again, the response from Australia’s marmalade makers has been amazing,” said Dr Darren Peacock, CEO of the National Trust of South Australia, organisers of the awards and festival.  “We have had an incredible number of entries, from almost every state and overseas.  The interest and enthusiasm for making and tasting marmalade seems to be growing enormously.”

Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards in the United Kingdom, who once again officiated at judging of entries in Adelaide said: “As founder of the World Marmalade Awards I have much enjoyed judging again this year.  It is a real privilege to experience the innovation that Australia has created over the last three years with such a diversity of fruit and recipes. It would be true to say that the quality and diversity of the entries in this year’s competition was equal to anything that I have tasted from around the world.”

The winners

This year’s champion homemade marmalade maker is Reuben Kooperman of Western Australia. His winning marmalade is a tangelo and Sullivan’s Cove Malt Whisky and was entered in the ‘With a Twist’ category.  Another nine gold awards were awarded in the home-made competition, to entrants from Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

The overall champion double gold award in the artisan competition was awarded to joint champions: Larder & Spade from Sale, Victoria, and to Gourmet to Go, which has a stall in the Adelaide Central Market. Larder & Spade also won gold for their Seville orange with Loch gin marmalade.  The other gold award winner in the artisan competition was another SA small scale producer, Fiaje, for their Cumquat marmalade and also for their Gin & tonic lime marmalade.

All gold medal winners in this year’s Australian awards will receive free entry to the international competition in the UK next March. This year’s Australian champion homemade marmalade will have the opportunity to be produced in a limited commercial run by iconic South Australian producer Beerenberg Farm.

Sunday’s Festival of Marmalade at Beaumont House in Adelaide featured a program of live music by the South Australian Navy Jazz band, food, craft and produce stalls, talks featuring Australia’s Mr Citrus Ian Tolley OAM, a cooking demonstration, a Q & A session on making marmalade, Devonshire and marmalade teas and the announcement and presentation of this year’s awards.

We are delighted with the success of this year’s competition, and hope to receive the winning entries into the 2020 International Marmalade Awards!