These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved and generating over £200,000 for charity
The Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of marmalade recipes.
There are different award classes. The Artisan awards are for small scale commercial marmalade makers who are producing their marmalade to sell. Then there is the Homemade group, open to pretty much everyone and generating thousands of entries from all over the world. Finally, there is the rapidly growing Hotel, Restaurant and B&B category, for those who make marmalade to serve to their guests at breakfast. There’s even a sub-category of the best marmalade to serve with a cooked breakfast!
Judged by an esteemed panel, these prestigious Awards put marmalade makers on the map, and winners can display their ‘Gold’ ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Award roundel on their jars, that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.