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Competition opens for the 13th World Marmalade Awards

[T]he competition has opened for the 13th annual World’s Original Marmalade Awards, with homemade and artisan entries already flooding in from around the globe to Dalemain Mansion in the Lake District.

The Awards last year attracted entries from over 30 countries including Japan, Columbia, Singapore and Canada and with a new ‘Commonwealth Competition’ in 2018 organisers are hoping that this will be the most international year yet.

Founder Jane Hasell-McCosh says: ‘It is always so exciting to see all of the wonderful flavours and ingredients that are sent from all over the globe. I love to see exotic versions of such a quintessentially British product arriving at my home, which every spring becomes the centre of the Marmalade world. We look forward to welcoming many more international Gold winners to the Awards ceremony at the Festival on 17th March.’

As well as thousands of lovingly created homemade marmalades, the Artisan competition has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as a key event for quality producers, with one 2017 Gold Winner describing the Awards as ‘the benchmark for all artisan marmalades across the world’. The Marmalade Awards are delighted to welcome new artisan judges in 2018, most notably talented chef and main food columnist for the Saturday Telegraph Xanthe Clay and consultant pastry chef to Waitrose Will Torrent.  Judges old and new are looking forward to finding the best marmalades in the world for 2018.

The Awards also remain hugely popular locally, with entries flooding in across Cumbria, and entrants keen to help raise funds for local charity Hospice at Home Carlisle & the North West, the key beneficiary of the Awards.

Alongside the Marmalade Awards as part of the festivities, for the third year the town of Penrith will host ‘Penrith Goes Orange’ on Saturday 17th March.  The town will quite literally turn orange, with an amazing array of orange-themed market stalls, fabulously decorated shop windows, and a full day of brilliant music and entertainment.

The deadline for entries is 9th February 2018 and all entries should be posted directly to Dalemain Mansion or taken to a Collection Point. The winning homemade marmalade will be produced commercially by leading producer Thursday Cottage and sold at key sponsor Fortnum & Mason’s flagship Piccadilly store. For more information on how to enter the Marmalade Awards visit

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