The Australian cricket team has retained the ashes for 2013/14 but is Australia able to win the MarmalAshes? This year MarmalAshes will take place in Buninyong on 1 February 2014 during the annual Marvellous Marmalade Fair. Buninyong is 10 kilometres from Ballarat.
This unusual event has taken place since 2011. It first started when Australian Russell Luckock challenged an English friend to submit a jar, along with Russell, for independent adjudication at the International Marmalade Awards held annually at Dalemain House in Cumbria, England.
It was also the year that Australia lost the cricket Ashes to England. Australia decided to challenge England in another activity that the English claimed they invented, marmalade making. England took up the challenge and the MarmalAshes were developed.
Each year jars of marmalade are sent to Buninyong from every state in Australia and are judged by members of the Country Women's Association (CWA) to see which marmalade will represent Australia.
Buninyong Town Hall is where the Marvellous Marmalade Fair takes place. Image from the MarmalAshes website
Australia has won the first three tests so the MarmalAshes are retained in Buninyong. Like cricket's Ashes they don't tour but can be viewed at the Buninyong Historical Society's Museum.
If you would like to view the final twelve jars which will represent Australia in the annual Marmalade Awards in England, head to Buninyong on 1 February 2014.