New for 2018, The World’s Original Marmalade Awards held annually at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Garden in Cumbria has unveiled a ‘Commonwealth Competition’ to develop international links. With the support of the Commonwealth Office and in a year of Commonwealth celebrations, the competition aims to bring people from all backgrounds and across the world together through the joy of making marmalade.
Open to amateur producers of all skill levels, from India to Canada, New Zealand to Cyprus and all the Commonwealth countries in between, jars are being sent from across the globe. Although arguably Australia has a bit of a head start as they proudly host the sister marmalade festival in South Australia each year, their victory is by no means assured. To be crowned the prestigious Commonwealth Champion at the festival on Sunday 18th March the panel of esteemed judges will be looking for a truly exceptional marmalade, and are hoping to see flavours and ingredients from across the Commonwealth.
The category, sponsored by Partridges, London, will be judged by a panel that includes The Deputy High Commissioner of India Ambassador Patnaik, CEO of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council Richard Burge and Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria Claire Hensman. The winning marmalade will be commercially produced for a year by Thursday Cottage and sold at Partridges, London, and online at www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk with a portion of proceeds going to a charity of the winner’s choice.
Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards says: “I have loved seeing the Marmalade Awards grow from a local affair to a worldwide phenomenon. The Awards have always been about bringing together people from vastly different countries who are united in their love for this most wonderful of preserves and with the celebration of Commonwealth Day on the 12th March it seemed like the perfect time for a Commonwealth category in our competition. We are delighted to have such esteemed judges selecting the winner and we look forward to seeing which country will be awarded the prize!”
If you think you’ve got what it takes you can enter the competition by sending your marmalade to Dalemain before 16th March. Further information and entry forms can be found at www.dalemain.com/homemade-marmalade-awards/