See who officially makes the World's Best Marmalades in 2016. Huge Congratulations if you have won an award and thank you very much to everyone who entered. 

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MARMALADE VIDEO: 'The Marmalade Awards & Festival Spreads Orange Rays Across Cumbria as the Tourist Season Opens'

Film maker Matt Sharman lives on the Dalemain Estate, and we were lucky enough to secure his services for this short film showcasing the Marmalade Festival.  

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A Marmalade 'Run' & 'Peel of Bells’ launches National Marmalade Week on Sun 28 Feb - Sun 6th Mar 2015. Calling all Runners & Campanologists!

A Marmalade 'Run' and a Marmalade 'Peel of Bells’ will launch National Marmalade Week and Paddington Bear will start the race from the Dalemain Estate and a 'Peel of Bells' will resound around the country starting with the Great Bell of Bow, of Oranges & Lemons nursery rhyme fame. National Marmalade Week, overseen by the awards’ organisers, encourages people to try, buy or make marmalade, have a family marmalade making day, wear something orange and to help raise money for charity.

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The Girl Guides have been supporters of the Awards & Festival for eleven years

 Festival supporters for the last eleven years, read a bit about what the Guides do.  The Girl Guides will have a FREE children's craft Tent in Penrith on Saturday 19th March and Sunday 20th March at Dalemain as part of the Marmalade Festival

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Dalemain Wins Prestigious Hudson's Media Award

Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens wins prestigious heritage award for the Marmalade Awards & Festival Dalemain House in Penrith has been presented with a prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Award for Best Event.

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Marmalade Awards & Festival Audio Podcast

Keith & Lynne Allan (one-time BBC Radio Journalists) interviewing Jane Hasell-McCosh (Founder), Sponsors, Judges and Winners.

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NEW Festival Dates: 18th & 19th March 2017.

The Homemade and Artisan Competitions for 2017 are to be announced shortly. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please email


We are delighted to announce that for the first time there will be an Australian competition and festival taking place in Adelaide this November. Organised by the National Trust of South Australia and launched under the umberella of the World's Original Marmalade Awards, this festival down-under gives Australians the chance to really show the world what their marmalade is made of. For more information CLICK HERE. 

The Marmalade Awards - What are they all about? 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.

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.

The Artisan Awards promote small scale marmalade makers using the open-pan method. 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, a huge marketing gift that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.

The Homemade Awards can be entered by anyone, and there are categories from Children's Marmalade to Merry (with alcohol), Camponologists, Any Citrus and many more, ensuring that no matter what kind of marmalade you make, there is a place you you! We update the categories every year, so watch this space for 2017! The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world. 

The Awards & Festival sponsors include Mackays, Fortnum & Mason, Hudson’s media all UK owned businesses and InkREADibles.  Festival Supporters include Country Life, Barclays, Brindista, Epic Events, Lycetts, Virgin Rail, Aga, Sharrow Bay, Ullswater Steamers & Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors.

To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival have raised over £200,000 for Hospice at Home.  In 2016 the money raised from amateur entry fees will go to Hospice at Home, Action Medical Research and Marie Curie Scotland. All the proceeds from the amateur entry fees go direct to these charities. See below for the 2016 winners and results:



It has been another fantastic year for marmalade, with higher standards and tastier marmalade than ever. Our volunteers are very busy posting out mark cards for every entry received and certificates for all the winners in the home-made, Artisan and B&B, Hotel and Restaurant Competitions and Marmalashes. Everyone who entered will receive their scores & judges feedback soon. Because we received over 2000 home-made marmalade entries, we are only able to provide the Category Winners on the website, however you will each receive a mark card and if you won a Silver, Bronze or Commended you will also receive your certificate.

Due to the volume of entries we ask for your patience in receiving your mark cards and certificates.

Congratulations if you won an award and thank you very much for entering. Hope to see your jars next year!

Marmalade Home-made Award Category Winners 2016: 

Marmalade Artisan Award Winners - DOUBLE GOLD 2016: 

Marmalade Artisan Award Winners - GOLD 2016: 

Marmalade Artisan Award Winners - SILVER 2016: 

Marmalade Artisan Award Winners - BRONZE 2016: 

Marmalade B&B and Hotel Award Winners - DOUBLE GOLD & GOLD 2016: 

Marmalade B&B and Hotel Award Winners - SILVER 2016: 

Marmalade B&B and Hotel Award Winners - BRONZE 2016: 

Marmalade Label Winners 2016: 

Press Release Issued: Saturday 19th March 2016


The World’s Original Marmalade
Awards & Festival at Dalemain

19th & 20th March 2016 @MarmaladeAwards

Tim French (Head Buyer, Fortnum & Mason), Jane Hasell-McCosh (Founder), Jo Aldhouse (Double Gold Home-made Winner), Karen Jankel (MD Paddington & Daughter of Michael Bond) and Martin Grant (MD of Mackays)


World’s Best Marmalades Announced at 2016 Marmalade Festival 

The World’s Original Marmalade Awards, which have been quietly gathering momentum across the globe for the last decade, have announced their winners for the 11th annual event, taking place at Dalemain Mansion near Penrith.

With nearly 3,000 entries including 160 overseas homemade entries – not counting the MarmalAshes – and many more Artisan jars from as far afield as South Africa, Korea and Singapore, 2016 has proven that marmalade can no longer be seen as a quaint British spread. With flavours and entries from all over the world, it is truly an international obsession.  


Although the standard of the homemade awards reached unheard of heights this year, the judges were unanimous in their praise of the Double Gold winning marmalade, Marmalade with Skye single malt whisky, made by Jo Aldhouse in Oxford. The secret? Oranges from the most magical place in the world for marmalade lovers – the Marmalade Festival, of course. Using Sevilles she collected from the 2015 Awards, where they were given as a present to visitors, Jo has cooked up an absolute storm. With her marmalade on sale across the festival weekend, the produce really has gone full circle, back to where it all began, at the heart of the marmalade world.

Jo Aldhouse said: “I'm really pleased and excited to have won! It was rather down to luck, Dalemain were giving festival visitors those lovely oranges last year, and I froze some. I used them for an early batch and added some good whisky; using a single malt for marmalade is justifiable! Making marmalade is very cheering, and I am so impressed with the fundraising side of the Festival. I opted for my entry fee to go to Sobell House Hospice in Oxford and I'd love to get together with other Oxford marmalade makers and do the same next year.”

The Homemades have been a riot of places and flavours this year, with extraordinary marmalade entered from the Bahamas, Slovakia, New Zealand and Germany, to name but a few. Japanese entries have skyrocketed, and Atsuko Hayashi has taken a Gold Award for a second time, whilst Portugal and Australia also provided Gold winners, with classic Seville flavours that proved irresistible. Family marmalade makers and key sponsors Mackays themselves export to over 50 countries across Asia, Australasia, Europe, America and the Middle East, proving that the championing of marmalade abroad has clearly been a huge success.

It may seem that the Scots, who triumphed in 2015 with two Double Golds, have been pipped to the post this time around – but note the key ingredient of the winning marmalade and think again. Once more, they are proving that they are champion marmalade makers, and with record Scottish entries and 2 of the Gold homemade winners hailing from Scotland, it doesn’t look like they are set to be de-throned any time soon.

Martin Grant, Managing Director, Mackays comments: “The worldwide appeal of marmalade is undeniable and these awards are testament to that.  We export our marmalade, which we still make the authentic way using copper pans, all over the world, so we already knew that other countries have an appetite for it.  However, it wasn’t until we started supporting this event that we appreciated just how many people in continents such as Asia and the Middle East are making it at home - it’s great to see.  Mackays is proud to be supporting this event for another year.”


The Artisan judges for 2016 were a prestigious panel of food industry experts, presided over by the most famous lover of marmalade, Paddington himself. Two Artisan marmalade producers were awarded DOUBLE GOLD gongs for their delicious, yet unusual marmalades. The Artisan Kitchen, from Gloucestershire, impressed the judges with the delicious addition of Aperol, whilst Lady Waterford Preserves added beetroot for an earthy, savoury spread that received unanimous praise.  Both are now being sold at Fortnum & Mason.

Three other marmalade maestros will also have their winning recipes stocked in Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. Tatsuta has ensured that Fortnums will be stocking their marmalade all the way from Japan, with their GOLD winning Yuzu marmalade proving too tasty to resist, whilst Clare’s Preserves took home a GOLD Award for their Dartmoor honey, a smooth and delicious flavour with ginger for added zing; and for a second year Galore! Foods are being stocked at Fortnum & Mason for their exceptional fruity and tangy GOLD winning Blood Orange Marmalade. Other incredible worldwide marmalades to win the gold are Awani’s Lime Marmalade with Fresh Ginger, from Bali, Indonesia, and a delicious kinkan and caramel Chinese orange entry from Mitsukoji, in Japan. Many of the overseas winners have flown in for the awards and to attend the festival.

Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington Bear author Michael Bond comments: “Paddington is famous around the world for his love of marmalade and so it’s very pleasing to know that so many of the entries this year have come from the other side of the globe.  Paddington usually enjoys traditional Seville orange marmalade in his sandwiches but he’s always keen to try anything new and he thinks that the ingredients used in some of GOLD award winning entries from Japan and Indonesia sound particularly interesting.”


With the addition of Award roundels, and the opportunity to be judged by our esteemed Artisan judges, the bar was set higher than ever for the B&B entries this year. There were two clear DOUBLE GOLD winners, with The Old Excise House adding delicious Lagavulin whisky, and the Maisie Suite in Shropshire serving up a fruity Seville, kumquat and apricot marmalade that the judges loved.

As ever, the letters and stories accompanying the marmalades made for a great deal of joy in the unwrapping, with our volunteers spending countless hours exploring all of the jars before tasting, with beautiful cross stitching from the Czech Republic standing alongside giant jars from Japan. Local marmalades have also been well represented, with Cumbrians bringing in a number of the homemade awards, and such Lakeland inspired delicacies as ‘Viking Marmalade with hedgerow fruits & chestnuts’ being entered. Nearly 3,000 homemade jars have been entered, with the full amount going to charity. Every jar is treasured and will be on display in the state rooms in all their glory at Dalemain over the festival weekend and for 3 weeks afterwards.

The 2016 awards new categories also proved particularly popular with fantastic entries for the Hairdressers category, and ever-increasing entry numbers for the MacNab (Marmalade to be served with Savoury Food), which is growing apace and looks set to be the future of marmalade. Once again, the Marmalade Awards have proven themselves as THE award for marmalade with entrants of all ages, from all over the world, taking part in 2016. With the festival expanding to take place over three venues, in an exciting move that sees the town of Penrith and Rheged visitor’s centre hosting a range of marmalade activities over the Festival weekend, these awards look set to reach even greater heights in the years to come.

Marmalade Awards & Festival organiser, Jane Hasell-McCosh, said:  “We are delighted at the success of working with our Festival Partners and I can’t thank them enough - Rheged, Penrith and Jim Walker for making this happen, moving the Festival into the next Decade and helping us to celebrate and champion marmalade. Our sponsors have one again been fantastic, united by a love of marmalade, and the result has been extraordinary.”


For further information or if you would like to request an interview with the organiser or one of the winners, please contact 

Florence Lindeman: / 01768486450

Notes to editors:

Homemade Category Winners

  • Seville Orange Marmalade (Sponsored by Mackays)  – Susan Dyer, Cumbria
  • Military Marmalade – Colin Livingstone, Northumberland
  • Dark & Chunky Marmalade – Jonathon Hamel Cooke, Buckinghamshire
  • NEW 2016 - Marmalade Lifetime Awards - Jonathon Hamel Cooke, Buckinghamshire
  • Children’s Marmalade (Sponsored by Paddington) – Beth Wigston, Cumbria
  • Man-Made Marmalade – Reuben Kooperman, Australia
  • World Marmalade (Sponsored by Mackays) – Isabel Isaac, Portugal
  • 1st Timers Marmalade (Sponsored by Pattesons) – Gillian Beagley, London
  • Hairdressers Marmalade – Anne Reith, Angus
  • Merry Marmalade – Jo Aldhouse (Overall Double Gold Winner)
  • Campanologists Marmalade – Louise Folkard, Cumbria
  • Any Citrus Marmalade – Atsuko Hayashi, Japan
  • Peers, Political & Clergy Marmalade – The Reverend Gillian Belford
  • A Marmalade MacNab – Rosario Taleghani, London
  • A Stirring of the Clans (Sponsored by Mackays) – Catherine Lawson, Dundee
  • Children's Label Competition Winners (Sponsored by Paddington)
    1. Lucy Jane Birkett, Perthshire - 2. Hannah Higgs, Cumbria - 3.  Sam & Alexander Hunt, Cumbria
  • Overall Label Winners:
    1.  Sass Pledger, Royston - 2. Ed Morris & Louise Adamson, Nottinghamshire - 3. Hira Kapur, Lancashire

FILM MAKER, Matt Sharman's Video:
Cumbria has come through the worst floods in living memory, but people are looking forward to a new season, with events like the Marmalade Festival providing visitors with wonderful experiences and brilliant memories.
Please click on the Image below for video.

A further link to the full screen video Dalemain Marmalade Awards from Matt Sharman on Vimeo.


To date the Dalemain Marmalade Awards & Festival has raised nearly £200,000 for charity. Please visit the Charity tab for full information on Hospice at Home, Action Medical Research and Marie Curie in Scotland.


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