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 Northern Ireland Winners – Winners in Bold are also Slow Food in the UK Winners

Best Butcher                                   Hannan Meats, Craigavon
Best Baker                                       Ursa Minor, Ballycastle
Best Greengrocer                           Slemish Market Garden, Ballymena
Best Fishmonger                             Ewings, Belfast
Best Deli or Grocer                          Indie Fude, Comber
Best Cheesemonger                        Indie Fude, Comber
Best Market                                       St George’s Market, Belfast
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery         Native Seafood and Scran Coleraine
Champion Slow Food Product        Mike’s Fancy Cheese Young Buck

Person of the Year:  Jilly Dougan

Jilly Dougan works to promote growing and sustainability throughout NI, championing seasonality and food with a sense of place – something never more important than in the current pandemic. Director for Slow Food NI, Paula McIntyre