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2020 Homemade marmalade competition

Open to all members of the public

2021 competition dates yet to be announced

Entries open in 2021

About the competition


The Australian Marmalade Awards celebrates the nation's most outstanding marmalade creations.

The Homemade competition is open to everyone.

You may wish to enter into one or more of the 6 competition categories listed below.

Competition overview



Entries open: 7 August 2020

Entries close: Friday 25 September 2020

Judging: Early October

Award presentations: Sunday 1 November (at the Australian Festival of Marmalade)


Homemade competition categories:

1. Seville orange

Must be made using only Seville oranges, sugar, lemon juice and water. The fresher the fruit, the better the marmalade. Should be tangy and sweet at the same time.

2. Any citrus

Any citrus fruit, alone or in combination, can be used, with or without Seville oranges. Please make sure to list all your ingredients in the entry form.

3. Marmalade with a twist

Any citrus fruit, with no restrictions on ingredients. It should include at least one unusual ingredient, such as alcohol, chocolate, herbs, spices etc. Please make sure to list all your ingredients in the entry form.

4. Heritage marmalade

This category is for those who have a special marmalade recipe handed down in their family. When completing the application form, please tell us the story behind your recipe, as this will help the judges select a winner.

5. Gardener's marmalade

Do you grow your own fruit to make the freshest marmalade in Australia? Then this category is for you!

6. Children's marmalade

For those aged 14 and under ... with a little help in the kitchen from an adult. This category is open to individuals, schools and youth groups. Try your hand at becoming the best young marmalade maker in the country!

~ You are welcome to enter multiple categories ~

How to enter:

1. You can enter by completing the form below and paying online.
(Alternatively, you can submit your entry form by post or email. Download the form here).

2. Create your marmalade.

3. Send in your jars of marmalade, by mail or hand delivery, to:

The Australian Marmalade Awards
c/o The National Trust of South Australia
Beaumont House
631 Glynburn Rd

Beaumont SA 5066

Office opening hours: Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Entry instructions:

For each category you are entering, please submit 1 jar of marmalade.

Use jam jars that are between 150g – 450g in size. 

Use sterilised jam jars and fill to the brim.

Label each jar with the category and list of ingredients.

Fix a label with your name and phone number to the bottom of each jar you submit.

You can enter as many times as you wish.

Judges will consider the colour, aroma, appearance, consistency and flavour of each entry.

Note: Please do not reuse jars that have contained pickles.

Entry fee:

The competition fee is $10 per category for the Homemade division.

You are welcome to enter multiple categories.

Bronze, silver, gold and double-gold will be awarded by the judges.

Have any questions?

Contact the event organisers at (08) 8202 9200 or email

Entries open in 2021

Prefer to send your entry form by email or post?

Download the registration form