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About the awards

The Dalemain Australian Marmalade Awards began in 2016 as a partnership with the World’s Original Marmalade Awards staged at Dalemain Estate in England.

These unique 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 centered 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.


In the World’s Original competition, there are two categories - the homemade marmalade awards and the artisan competition for small commercial producers.

The first Dalemain 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 Beerenberg Farms has joined the awards family as a supporter and offers a potential opportunity for the winning homemade marmalade to be produced in a limited commercial run.

In 2023, the Awards were re-launched in beautiful Birregurra, in the Otways region of Victoria, just inland from the Great Ocean Road. The Homemade Awards attracted entries from every State and Territory. The overall standard was very high with some outstanding marmalades showcasing the best of Australian Citrus in both traditional marmalades and brilliantly creative combinations of flavours. 


In 2024 we are delighted to be expanding the Awards to include a section for Artisan Makers to encourage the growth of small business' producing and selling small batches of Marmalade using the open pan method. 


We are looking forward to being back in Birregurra and welcoming entries. 

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