Created seven 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 England Winners – Winners in Bold are also Slow Food in the UK Winners

Best Butcher                                      Edge and Son, Wirral
Best Baker                                          Peter Cook’s Bread
Best Greengrocer                             
Darts Farm, Topsham
Best Fishmonger                              Wards Fish Birkenhead

Best Deli or Grocer                          Darts Farm Topsham
Best Cheesemonger                         Heritage Cheese, London
Best Market                                        Borough Market, London
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery       
Riverside Inn, Aymestrey
Champion Slow Food Product      PAMA Sauerkraut

Person of the Year: Kate Smith

Kate Smith is a tour de force. She set up a food hub in Birmingham connecting local producers to consumers and created the Potato Project which diverted surplus potatoes to the needy. She campaigns tirelessly on food inclusion and sustainablilty – there could be no other winner for Slow Food in the UK’s Person of the year. Nominated by Shane Holland, Executive Chairman, Slow Food in the UK