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Dalemain Marmalade Competition Celebrates Innovation with New Award

[T]he World’s Original Marmalade Awards are championing creativity in marmalade in 2018, with a NEW Award: The Thursday Cottage Award for Innovation.

Jane Hasell-McCosh, founder of the Awards, says: “There has been a ‘renaissance’ in quality marmalade that has been partly attributed to the Awards and that contradicts the downward trend of supermarket marmalade sales. We wanted to celebrate the individuality and creativity of homemade marmalade, which is what makes it so irreplaceable, and are delighted to have teamed up with sponsors and longstanding supporters Thursday Cottage to create an award which champions this creative spirit in our homemade entrants.”

The Award for Innovation is open to all entries in the Homemade Awards, which in 2017 received over 2,000 entries. It will be judged by esteemed Artisan judges including Dan Lepard and Pam Corbin and the winner will be announced at the Festival on Saturday 17th March.

Award for Innovation – Thursday Cottage

“Thursday Cottage is delighted to sponsor the Award for Innovation at the 2018 Marmalade Awards,” said Donna Smith director of Thursday Cottage.

“Recipe development is a key part of our work with customers so we understand the frustrations and the excitement in creating a new and delicious recipe.”

There are a number of other creative categories in the 2018 Homemade competition including the ‘Macnab’ for marmalade to be eaten with ‘fur, fish or fowl’ and the ‘Gardener’s marmalade’ which is to include home grown ingredients. In the past the Awards have received marmalades with peanut butter, seaweed and beer, and the organisers look forward to seeing what new inventions are sent in 2018. The ‘Best In Show’ will also be produced by Thursday Cottage, who still produce all of their marmalade in small batches in a nut free environment using the ‘open pan’ method and sold at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly.

The deadline for entries is 9th February and all entries should be sent to Dalemain Mansion by this date. Further information and entry forms can be found at 

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