Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria, are delighted to confirm that their world-famous Marmalade Awards will be taking place once again in 2021. Receiving over 3000 entries from more than 40 countries each year, the Awards represent the very best in homemade marmalade. Founder Jane Hasell McCosh has been determined to continue with the competition in spite of present circumstances.

Jane says: ‘We have been working very hard to ensure that we can run the competition safely and I am delighted to announce that we will be launching the 2021 Awards this December. We know that 2020 has been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone and we hope that the Marmalade Awards will make people smile and be something to get their teeth into whether they are entering as an artisan producer, an experienced home cook or a complete novice. Marmalade makers are a worldwide community and we look forward to seeing everyone’s jars together again.’

The competitions will open in December, and the deadline for entries is Wednesday 10th February. Winners will be notified shortly after this date, and the Awards will be announced on Saturday 13th March. The Festival will not take place in March 2021, but there will be virtual celebrations. Organisers hope to extend the marmalade festivities, with events taking place in June and September.

The winner of the Homemade Awards will see their marmalade commercially produced and sold by Fortnum & Mason in their famous Piccadilly store, with a portion of each sale going to charity. Fortnums will also stock a selection of Gold winning Artisan marmalades, a prize highly coveted by all artisan producers.

As always, the full fee for entering the Homemade Awards will go to Hospice at Home Carlisle & North Lakeland, or to the palliative care charity of the entrant’s choice. Organisers hope to receive record entries in order to help these vital charities continue their wonderful work after such a hard year. The Awards take place with the generous support of Fortnum & Mason, Rathbones, Armstrong Watson, Thursday Cottage and Lycetts.

To find out more about the Awards, visit www.marmaladeawards.com

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