Last year marmalade makers responded enthusiastically to the first Australian Marmalade Awards, which was launched across South Australia using the hugely successful model of the Marmalade Awards here in the UK. The winning recipe was reproduced by Beerenberg, an iconic Australian producer of jams and condiments.
Following on from this success, a call has gone out to the thousands of home-made marmalade makers in Australia’s suburbs and country towns to get busy in the kitchen for the second Australian Marmalade Awards, a preserve making competition and festival celebrating all things marmalade.
The international awards have been held at Jane Hasell-McCosh’s historic home (Dalemain Estate) in Cumbria since 2005, attracting huge crowds and raising significant funds for charity. In 2017 an Australian, Dr Lachlan Shackleton-Fergus from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, won the top award for his grapefruit with a ‘hint of honey’ marmalade, winning a contract with the famous Fortnum & Mason store to stock his marmalade.
The Australians are on the hunt for a champion who can lead them once more to victory in 2018, and the Australian Marmalade Awards are the perfect place to showcase their talents. Jane Hasell-McCosh will be travelling to Adelaide for the judging.
Jane said: ‘I am so delighted that the Australian Awards have been such a tremendous success. Australians have always entered phenomenal marmalade into the World’s Original Marmalade Awards, owing in part to how fresh their fruit is. I am looking forward to trying some incredible flavours, and can’t wait to find a winner.’
Entries for 2017 are open until 28 August, with separate categories for home cooks and artisan small producers.
The winner will be announced at the second Australian Marmalade Festival to be held in the home of South Australian citrus, the Riverland, on 3 September.
It’s the first such festival to be held outside England, and last year attracted more than 250 people.