Dalemain, the home of the World’s Original Marmalade Festival has just announced:
“We are extremely sad to announce that, following recent developments and further advice, we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel this year’s Marmalade Festival on both 14th & 15th March
”Thursday Cottage were planning to have a stand at the Festival and we were all hoping to be able to taste the winner’s marmalade that had been reproduced by Thursday Cottage; it will be available from Dalemain or Fortnum & Mason online.
Dalemain’s announcement continues: “We are truly sorry to everyone who will be disappointed by this decision, but owing to the global nature of the Festival and the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) we feel that it is the responsible thing to do, to mitigate the risks associated with a food event at the present time. We feel this is the right decision for the safety of volunteers and visitors alike.
“The mansion and gardens will be open as usual across this weekend. There will be controlled admittance to the mansion, where displays of marmalade will be on show. In order to allow as many people as possible to see their wonderful entries on display, these sealed jars will be displayed until Easter Sunday, and visitors to the mansion can see them when they visit during usual opening times.“
We are determined to have a celebration of citrus, and will be rescheduling the marmalade tasting, lectures and events for later in the year! We will also be announcing the Double Gold winner on Saturday 14th March and this award-winning marmalade, with the Artisan Gold and Double Gold winners, will be available to purchase online, at Fortnum & Mason and in the Dalemain shop.“We are pleased that the 2020 Marmalade Awards have been a huge success, with over 3000 jars received, and thousands raised for Hospice at Home and palliative care charities around the world. “