Five years ago, Slow Food London created the Slow Food Awards, initially running in the London & South East area, these awards were truly democratic – with no prior shortlisting, the winners were simply chosen by whoever got the most votes. These Awards were so powerful in highlighting Good, Clean and Fair, that we made them UK wide – and thousands of you voted over the summer and early Autumn. Each nation has their own winners, with the highest number of votes in a category also being the overall UK winner.

In addition to the public vote, each nation director chose their person of the year, their stories are below, with one of those of winners being crowned Slow Food in the UK Person of Year as well.

Slow Food Cymru Wales Winners – Winners in Bold are also Slow Food in the UK Winners

Best Butcher                                   J Williams, Denbigh
Best Baker                                       Y Granar, Denbigh
Best Greengrocer                            Hooton’s Homegrown Farm, Anglesey
Best Fishmonger                              Smith mobile fishmonger. Cardiganshire
Best Deli or Grocer                           Wrights Emporium, Llanarthne
Best Cheesemonger                         Blasus, Carmarthen
Best Market                                      Carmarthen  market
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery           The Marram Grass, Anglesey
Champion Slow Food Product          Denbigh Plum Gin by Merywen Gin

Person of the Year:  Lord Newborough of Rhug Estate. who has created the first drive-thru on a farm in the UK, This is as far from fast food as can be – we salute him. Lord Newborough was nominated by Director for Slow Food Cymru Wales, Nia Williams