News & Awards
9th Jan 2024
Is winning the World Marmalade Awards your New Year’s resolution?
Marmalade makers get ready, the 2024 Dalemain World Marmalade Awards are open for entry. Each year thousands of precious jars make their way by sea, land and air to Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria hoping to be dubbed the worlds best marmalade.
The Dalemain World Marmalade Awards were founded 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 recognized event.The Awards have humour and a life of their own and have inspired people from all over the world to get involved. Every year almost 3,000 jars of marmalade are sent from countries as far away as South Korea, Botswana, Japan, Australia and Georgia, while 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.
New categories for this year include ‘Prisons Marmalade’ for anyone within the justice system to enter (Paddington who is a Patron of the Awards, famously brought his fellow inmates joy with his marmalade.),‘Rathbones Generations Together Marmalade’ focuses on the joy of cooking together and ‘Lycetts Signature Savoury Marmalade’ shows that marmalade is not just a preserve designed for the breakfast table.
The Westmorland Family are proud to be sponsoring our own new category in this years’ awards – the ‘Westmorland Family Local Flavours Marmalade’ is designed to highlight something your area might be famous for.
“We are looking for creativity using ingredients that you think could be a winning combination. Perhaps you grow your own citrus, have your own honey cultivate herbs or tea that could make a good addition or maybe your marmalade is terrific with trout? Local ingredients and collaboration also usually means success for a recipe. If you win, your marmalade could adorn the shelves of Fortnum & Mason who will produce and sell our Homemade winner of winners. We are incredibly grateful to Rathbones, Westmorland Family and Lycetts for their sponsorship support and without whom the Awards could not continue.” – Beatrice Hasell-McCosh, Direct of The Dalemain World Awards & Festival.
If you don’t want to post your jar there are a number of Marmalade Collection Points around the UK and we’re delighted that our Farmshops at Tebay Services, Gloucester Services and Cairn Lodge Services have their very own drop-off points for entries.
Every year people enter from nearly every county in the UK and from more than 40 countries around the world entering both the Homemade or the Artisan competitions. Each entry receives feedback and a certificate. 100% of the Homemade Competition entry money is donated to Hospice charities with over a quarter of a million pounds raised since its inception and the winner can also designate a charity for a portion of sales of their winning jar to be directed towards.
All entries that win Gold, Silver or Bronze receive roundels to display on their jars and the chance to be stocked in Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store.
The competition is now open and entry closes on Monday 5th February with Marmalade collection points closing on the 26th January.
The winners are announced at the Dalemain Marmalade Awards and Festival on 20th April 2024.