A weekend of marmalade, history, baking and fun.

The Marmalade Awards is an occasion very much on the preserve maker's calendar with marmalade lovers from all over the world converging on Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria over a weekend in March. Jars of marmalade start to arrive months before at Marmalade HQ in readiness for the WI to begin the judging. The winner of the best marmalade will see their winning recipe made and sold at Fortnum & Mason.


There were over 2000 entries this year entering a number of different classes for the amateur preserver and artisan producer. Besides information on entering the awards, the site is full of useful asides. Follow the marmalade making tips with notes on how specific flavours and textures of marmalade vary according to the fruit, the amount of natural pectin and sugar. Dan Lepard's essay on the history of marmalade making is an enlightening introduction to this very British breakfast staple.


The weekend is packed with talks and workshops as well as a number of activities for children. The event helps to raise money for local hospices, this year bringing in £200,000. Visitors will be able to view all the entries on display and talk to the judges.

Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the World Marmalade Awards, has certainly put marmalade in the spotlight.

March 2017