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 Northern Ireland Winners – Winners in Bold are also Slow Food in the UK Winners
Best Butcher The Meat Merchant, Moira
Best Baker Bara Bakehouse, Comber
Best Greengrocer Garden Fresh, Tandagree
Best Fishmonger Ewings, Belfast
Best Deli or Grocer Indie Fude, Comber
Best Cheesemonger Four Seasons Belfast
Best Market Farmers Market at the Inns, Belfast
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery The French Rooms, Bushmills
Champion Slow Food Product Abernethy Butter
Person of the Year: Charles Cole
Charles Cole heads up Broughgammon, home of forward thinking farming. Championing rose veal, producing kid goat and teaching artisan skills, Charles is a leader of sustainable farming. He was nominated by Director for Slow Food NI, Paula McIntyre