Marmalade awards

The Marmalade Awards & Festival 2015

Entry closes on 15 Feb 2015. Festival on 28 Feb & 1 Mar.

Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria

‘Tis the season to get peeling, slicing, sieving and stirring for the annual celebration of the marvellous invention that is marmalade.

The 10th Annual World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival

Now is the time to dust down the preserving pans and polish the sugar thermometer, for ‘tis the season to get peeling, slicing, sieving and stirring for the annual celebration of the marvellous invention that is marmalade. Co-hosted by Fortnum & Mason, it takes place at Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria, and is the world’s premier marmalade competition, open to first-timers, old hands, amateurs and artisans.

marmalade serving

The competition is not just the opportunity to flex the pectin, it has raised an astonishing £150,000 for charity since its inception a decade ago.

This year, there are no fewer than FIFTEEN fabulous categories to excite and intrigue. Watch out for categories that have you in mind: marmalades made by men; military marmalade, peers and politicians who make peerless preserves, calling all clergy (for those with divine inspiration), and the ever-so-appealing Campanologist’s marmalade. If you live in foreign climes, are passionate about Seville, or feel that a selection of citrus fruits is best, you will find a category for you. Children can take part (courtesy of Paddington Bear) and those who are of the opinion that no marmalade is worth its salt without a good glug of alcohol will find a section to suit. If sweet things turn you sour, then look at the section seeking marmalades to complement fish, flesh and good red herring, and if you have been saving your grandmother’s recipe for the right occasion, then we recommend ‘The 10th Anniversary’ Marmalade competition category.

Each jar entered will be given marks out of 20, and there will be awarded bronze, silver and gold certificates in each category, so there are lots of opportunities to shine. The overall winner will be chosen from all categories and crowned with the Double Gold Star Award, which brings with it an opportunity to have the marmalade produced commercially and sold for a year at Fortnum & Mason. Fifty pence from each jar sold will go to Dalemain’s nominated charities.

The closing date for entries is 15 February 2015, so there is no time to lose.

World’s Original Marmalade Festival: 28 February and 1 March

Entry closes on 15 Feb 2015. Festival on 28 Feb & 1 Mar.

Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria