About the awards
Australia’s Marmalade Awards began in 2016 as a partnership between the National Trust of South Australia and the World’s Original Marmalade Awards staged at Dalemain Estate in England.
These quirky awards were founded in 2005 by Jane Hasell-McCosh of Dalemain with the initial idea of preserving, growing and widening one of the most British of customs – making marmalade. They have gone on to generate a following far beyond Jane’s wildest expectations and have humour and a life of their own, inspiring people from all over the world to get involved. The World Awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion; a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years, which also happens to hold a very rich archive of Marmalade recipes.
Like the World’s Original competition, there are two categories in the Australian competition- the homemade marmalade awards and the artisan competition for small commercial producers.
The homemade competition recognises the art and skill of domestic marmalade makers, with a range of categories to encourage both traditional methods and recipes and more innovative takes on the art of the marmalade.
The artisan competition promotes small scale commercial marmalade producers using the open-pan method. Judged by an esteemed panel, these prestigious Awards put marmalade makers on the map, and winners can display their ‘Gold’ ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Award roundel on their jars, a huge marketing gift that declares their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.
There is a special connection between Dalemain and South Australia that provided the inspiration for this partnership. Martindale Hall in Mintaro in South Australia’s Mid North is an historic mansion – made famous in the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock – which has its roots in Dalemain. Jane tells the story of the very special connection in the video below:
The first Australian Marmalade Awards were staged in 2016 and have been a hit with marmalade makers around the country and beyond. Australians are also making a mark at the International awards staged annually at Dalemain. All gold winners at the Australian awards receive free entry to the World awards at Dalemain.
South Australia’s own Beerenberg Farms has joined the awards family as a supporter, and offers an opportunity for the winning homemade marmalade to be produced in a limited commercial run.
Each year the Australian Marmalade Awards are announced and presented at a day long Festival of Marmalade held in Adelaide.