Created six years ago, the Slow Food awards are truly democratic – with no prior shortlisting, the winners are simply chosen by whoever gets the most votes. These Awards are so powerful in highlighting Good, Clean and Fair, that like last year, thousands of you voted over the summer. Each nation has its own winners, with the highest number of votes in each 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                                   Corndale Farm, Limavady
Best Baker                                       Bara Bakehouse, Comber
Best Greengrocer                           Indie Fude, Comber
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, Dromara (available UK wide)

Person of the Year:  Laura Bradley

Laura has been instrumental in the team which has overseen the rebirth of Slow Food activity in North East Northern Ireland, “Quietly pushing things forward” she was nominated by Director for Slow Food NI, Paula McIntyre