Judging was completed on Wednesday in advance of Sunday’s Festival and presentation of awards.
Jane Hasell-McCosh from Dalemain Estate, Chair of Judges:
“As founder of the international Worlds Original Marmalade Awards and Festival it was a great pleasure to be in Adelaide for the inaugural Australian Marmalade Awards and festival. We spent a day sampling all the entries (my idea of heaven) and we were impressed by the standard and inventiveness of the competitors. Judges included Steve from Beerenberg and CWA judges, so there was an immense amount of knowledge under one roof. To me the judging day and the festival represented all the magic of marmalade. The winners of the homemade and the artisan awards are wonderful examples of great marmalades.”
Eleven entries achieved a gold medal award, representing the top 5% from the more than 250 entries. The overall champion marmalade came from the home-made competition in the category of marmalade with additions. It was the judge’s favourite because of a superb blending of flavours from a lime base.
The winning marmalade was made by of Martina Taeker from Wynn Vale in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide.
Other home-made entries to win gold medal awards were:
Janet MacDonald, for a Blood Orange marmalade (Australian citrus category)
Susan Ortlepp for a Cumquat and Lemon marmalade (other citrus category)
Georgina Sard for an Australian Orange marmalade (First timer’s category)
D’Arcy Rabbitt using mixed citrus (Children’s category)
The artisan competition winner was also a South Australian entry but a number of gold medals were also awarded to Victorian entries, including several from Gippsland.
Dulwitches of Linden Park in Adelaide produced the champion artisan made marmalade, also in the category of marmalade with additions, for their marmalade produced with Australian oranges and whisky.
The other artisan made marmalades to win gold medal awards were entries from Victoria, all from Gippsland region.
Larder and Spade from East Gippsland took three gold medals for their Poorman Orange and Seville Orange marmalades and Tara Valley Foods from Rosedale took gold for their Cumquat Jelly and Seville Marmalade Jelly.
All of the gold medal winners from the Australian competition, including the double gold champions, will receive free entry for the World’s Own Marmalade Awards staged at Dalemain Estate in England next March for their chance to take the world marmalade crown.
Beerenberg, Australia’s iconic jam and preserves maker, has offered to produce a one off commercial run of the winning home-made marmalade from the Australian competition so everyone can enjoy this sensational creation.