I love these quirky awards which were founded in 2005 to help to preserve, grow and widen one of the most British of customs – marmalade making. I was asked to be a judge last year, which I was so excited about but unfortunately, personal events overtook and I was unable to go. As an avid Marmalade maker, I am always intrigued by the awards, and fingers crossed, I get asked to help again.
The Best In Show for 2017 proved that despite almost 2,000 homemade entries Scotland are still at the top of the marmalade making game, with Angus’ Shona Leckie scooping the coveted prize for the best homemade marmalade. Her treacle marmalade was entered in sponsor Tate & Lyle’s quirky ‘Marmalade with a Twist’ category, and will be produced and sold by Fortnum & Mason, with 50p from each jar going to charity.
The Artisan marmalade competition is where international entrants shone this year, with the Double Gold Award for the best traditional marmalade scooped by Australian Dr Lachlan Shackleton-Fergus, whose company is one of the oldest family marmalade making businesses in the world. Both he and Double Gold winner Jozefina Ruzickova of Rose Garden, from the Czech Republic, have made the journey to Dalemain for the Awards & Festival, as have Gold winners from Canada, the USA, Japan, Taiwan and Singapore.
Full list of 2017 Homemade Winners:
Mackays Seville Orange Marmalade: Brionie Sumner (UK)
Any Citrus Marmalade: Jennifer Fletcher & Veda Karlo (UK & USA)
Tate & Lyle Marmalade with a Twist: Shona Leckie (UK)
Children’s Marmalade: Sam & Alex Hunt, Kiddiwinks Nursery (UK)
Tate & Lyle First Timers: Lauren Ware (UK)
Dark & Chunky Marmalade: Angela Hickman (UK)
Mackays International & Commonwealth Marmalade: Amira Beadsmoore (New Zealand)
Mister Marmalade: Adrian Young (Australia)
Gardener’s Marmalade: Jo Aldhouse (UK)
Merry Marmalade: Jonathan Hamel-Cooke (UK)
Campanologist’s Marmalade: Val Charles (UK)
Octogenarians & Upward Marmalade: Tom Alty (UK)
The Establishment’ Marmalade: Roger Bingham (UK)
Marmalade Macnab: Veda Karlo (New Zealand)
For more information pop over to the Awards site and who knows, maybe you will enter next year.