Julie’s Jars Press Release



Local marmalade company, Julie’s Jars, is toasting success after having received two prestigious awards at the 15th World’s Original Marmalade Awards at Dalemain, England.  With record entries from around the globe, this Award proves that Julie’s marmalades are really world class.

Julie’s Jars, from Claremont, Cape Town, has just scooped a coveted Gold award for their “Honeybunch Marmalade” made with HoneyGold™ clementines, home-grown lemons and locally-produced honey.  Julie’s ClemenLemon was awarded a bronze medal.  Julie’s Jars won the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades for products which impressed judges with their appearance, colour, consistency, aroma and flavour.

In these uncertain times, it is a comfort to know that at the very least marmalade is still a world favourite and the joys of a hot, buttered marmalade toast can offer solace in times of global change and difficulty. 

Owner Julie Donald said she was delighted to win the award. “This is a golden award for us in more ways than one!  We really needed a bit of good news, so we are celebrating.”  

The Artisan judges for 2020 were a prestigious panel of food industry experts, including Fortnum & Mason head buyer Sarah Metcalf, Jane Stuart Smith owner of Scotland’s restaurant of the year and longstanding Awards patron Dan Lepard, food writer and baking guru.

Sadly, owing to the global nature of the Festival and the spread of coronavirus, organisers of the Awards had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Festival on 14th & 15th March.  Awards founder, Jane Hasell-McCosh, says that they have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from around the world following this announcement.

Hasell-McCosh said, ‘It was a tremendously difficult decision to cancel the Festival, but we had to act in the best interests of the public and all of our volunteers. We have been so touched by the messages of support we have received – one visitor from Kuwait has even promised to donate the money she would have spent on visiting the Festival directly to our key beneficiary, Hospice at Home, which is such a wonderful gesture.”


For further information please contact:

Julie Donald

Julie’s Jars


083 402 2331


About Julie’s Jars

Julie started making preserves while she was waiting for her twins to be born in 2016.  The art of marmalade was passed down to her by her mother.  Since then the business has grown in leaps and bounds, offering a variety of award winning marmalades

Find our products online at www.juliesjars.co.za

The Marmalade Awards: What are they all about?

The quirky World’s Original Marmalade Awards were founded in 2005 to help to preserve, grow and widen one of the most British of customs – marmalade making.

The Awards have humour and a life of their own and have inspired people from all over the world to get involved. The Artisan Marmalade competition has helped to promote small producers around the world. Judged by a small panel of experts, Dalemain roundels denote marmalade of exemplary quality.

At the heart of the Awards & Festival is Dalemain Mansion, a Georgian stately home lived in by the same family for over 300 years and the holder of a rich archive of early marmalade recipes. Dalemain Mansion displays all the golden and glorious homemade marmalades entered in the competition, plus all the best artisan marmalades from around the world.