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AWARD ENTRY FORMS NOW AVAILABLE!Could your marmalade be "The World's Best Marmalade 2014" Enter our amazing competition & help raise money for charity! Entry deadline for all entries - 13th February 2014
DATES ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT YEAR'S MARMALADE AWARDS & FESTIVAL 2014Marmalade Headquarters are pleased to announce that next year's Marmalade Awards & Festival will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March 2014.
THE WORLD'S ORIGINAL MARMALADE AWARDS WINNERS 2013Here are the details of entrants who won an award.
WORLD’S BEST MARMALADE MAKERS CROWNEDA retired micro-biologist from Brighton and an artisan preserves maker from a rural corner of the Czech Republic have been crowned the world’s best marmalade makers at this weekend’s World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.
National Marmalade Week (2 March - 9 March)We're delighted to announce we'll be running another National Marmalade Week (2 March - 9 March). Our Awards and Festival officially kick off this week which we launched last year to encourage people to taste, make and buy more marmalade - if you like a glorious celebration of our orange preserve.
Dalemain Marmalade Festival 2014
The Awards & Festival will be held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March 2014 - 10am to 4pm (both days) at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens near Penrith in Cumbria. Adults £4.50 - Children FREE (wellies or strong shoes advisable).
A Great Day Out For The Family!
We have a varied and interesting programme of events planned, with a Spanish Theme for 2014, including a Food Fair, Speciality Foods, Cookery Demonstrations & Workshops in the Festival Tent, Crafts, Live Spanish Music, Paddington Bear and Paddington Bear book readings, Children's Activities including marmalade making, crafts in the Brownies tent & a treasure hunt in the historic and award winning gardens, archery, 1914 War Exhibition, Ullswater Steamers Cruises on Lake Ullswater, Laithwaite's wine tasting, Mackays marmalade tasting, over 200 competition marmalades to taste with freshly made toast served by The Girl Guides, meet the WI judges, Marmalade shop including artisan award winners. NEW: Marmalade Games on the Sunday! Refreshments including tapas, paella, hog roast, marmalade mulled wine & plenty of other hot food, home-made soup, cakes and of course marmalade and more marmalade in the beautiful surroundings of Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens. Please do join us for this truly International Festival.
Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens
The Gardens are included in the entry fee and are lovely at this time of year with snowdrops and aconites and the House is open free of charge to view the Competition Marmalade Rooms on the ground floor only.
The Festival is a charitable event and the beneficiaries of the Marmalade Awards & Festival 2014 are Hospice at Home (Carlisle & North Lakeland), Action Medical Research & Marie Curie Scotland. So far we have raised over £120,000 for Charity.
For details of the Festival Programme of Events (Lectures & Demonstrations in the Festival Tent) including Dan Lepard's Bread Making Workshop please see the PROGRAMME OF EVENTS.
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How it all began
Marmalade has been made and served at Dalemain for hundreds of years. From the 18th Century there was a very good citrus market in Carlisle where oranges could be purchased although originally the marmalade for the house was made with quince and the archive holds a number of recipe books from this period.
For the past eight years, Dalemain has hosted The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival firmly placing it at the centre of the marmalade map.
From 50 jars in 2005, the Awards have grown each year and in 2012, nearly, 1,800 jars of marmalade were entered and judged.