Entries for The World’s Original Marmalade Awards 2022 have now closed as marmalade flooded in to the halls of Dalemain Mansion.
Paddington Bear may claim to be the biggest lover of marmalade, but that may not be the case as organisers have received over 3,000 entries from preserve lovers around the world including Japan, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland and Taiwan to name a few.
Most of the whole world is gripped with marmalade fever encouraged by this eccentric competition.
This year jars have arrived in all sorts of ways: hand delivered in baskets, by a range of couriers, at Marmalade Exchanges, on the Marmalade Motorway and the Marmalade Railway Express.
The methods of transport are interesting and diverse as is the marmalade itself.
The Rathbones’ Next Generation category has been hugely popular with many people adding notes to their jars, explaining why this marmalade is important to them.
We have had a jar dedicated to a new born Grandson across the world, another recipe passed down through four generations, 3 of which used the same jam pan.
We have also received exciting new and inventive recipes based on old family favourites.
The Triple Peel, the second ‘New for 2022’, is also very popular.
It seems Croquet players are skillful sportsmen, talented marmalade makers and creative label designers as many jars are beautifully decorated.
2022 is a year of many celebrations, most notably the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, this has been commemorated by some entrants with labels and jars named after the long serving monarch.
One jar arrived with their own crown; a marmalade fit for the Queen.
Across all the categories, entrants are experimenting with the peel shape.
Organisers have seen star shapes, love hearts, bells, squirrels and fish.
It seems everyone is putting their best jar forward for this competition.
Last year, 9-year old Flora Rider’s Seville Orange and Orange Blossom Marmalade was crowned the Best in Show, becoming the youngest ever winner.
This year there has been a rise in the number of entrants in the Octogenarians & Upwards category.
One lady has always made marmalade, when she unfortunately passed away at the beginning of the year, her friend ‘inherited’ her Seville oranges and entered the Marmalade Awards on her behalf.
An important way that can keep memories alive.
Judging will commence on Monday February 14, comprised of an expert panel of marmalade makers and preserve lovers.
Then just as the bells rang out to mark the start of the competition, they will also be ringing on Sunday March 27, to celebrate National Dalemain Marmalade Week, the bell ringers all over the country will be encouraged to ring the ‘Marmalade Delight Minor’.
The winners will be announced at the Marmalade Festival on Saturday May 14 at Dalemain Mansion, Penrith.
It will be a marmalade-themed day with cooking demonstrations, lectures, Q&A’s, marmalade displays and games.
All set in the grounds of this wonderful stately home.
The Awards take place with the generous support of Fortnum & Mason and Rathbones.
To find out more about the Awards, visit www.marmaladeawards.com