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Homemade marmalade competition

Open to all members of the public

About the competition


The Dalemain 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.

Entries open: 12th August 2024

Entries close: 20th September 2024

Judging: October 2024

Winners announced: 26th October 2024

Homemade competition categories


1. Seville orange

For tangy marmalades made using only Seville oranges, sugar, lemon juice and water. The fresher the fruit, the better the marmalade.

2. Grapefruit

Any marmalade that contains grapefruit. This will include 3 or 4 fruit marmalades that contain grapefruit.

3. Any other citrus 

For marmalade which does not fit any other category, with one or more kinds of citrus as the primary ingredient. Please make sure to list all your ingredients in the entry form. Must not include Seville oranges or grapefruit.

4. Native fruits & flavours

Be inspired to create a marmalade using Australian native ingredients. It may be a traditional citrus marmalade enhanced with bush flavours, or made using native citrus such as finger lime.

5. Children's marmalade

For those aged 16 and under (a little help from an adult allowed for younger entrants). This category is open to individuals, schools and youth groups. Try your hand at becoming the best young marmalade maker in the country!

6. Marmalade with alcohol

Any citrus fruit, with no restrictions on ingredients. It must include at least one alcoholic ingredient. Please make sure to list all your ingredients in the entry form.

~ You are welcome to enter more than one entry per category, and in multiple categories ~ $10 per jar.

How to enter

1. Complete the digital entry form (below) and pay online. Print a copy of the email confirmation AND a copy of your receipt - you will need this when you mail us the marmalade jars.
2. Create your marmalade.

3. Send in your jars of marmalade by mail to:

The Australian Marmalade Awards

PO Box 71


Victoria   3242


When mailing us your marmalade, please include a printout of your entry confirmation email AND a copy of your PayPal receipt.

Entry tips & tricks

  • Label each jar with the category, name of marmalade and list of ingredients. You can do this with a label or sticky note. PLEASE DO NOT put your name on the label. Your jar will be numbered when you send it in to be judged.  

  • Use CLEAR glass jars that are between 200g – 500g in size. Jars with patterns are difficult to judge. We won't be super strict if they're a little big. But bear in mind you need to post the jars, which could be expensive.

  • Use sterilised jam jars and fill to the brim. 

  • Judges will consider the look, colour, aroma, appearance, consistency and flavour of each jar.

  • Please do not reuse jars and/or lids that have contained pickles. We recommend treating yourself to new jars.

Entry fee

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

You are welcome to enter multiple times in each category.

Homemade Form

Homemade marmalade competition
Entry form - 2024

Have any questions?

Please contact us via email or phone us on 0487 979 473. We will be happy to assist!

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