Created nine 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 autumn. 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 Seaview Farm, Bushmills
Best Baker Ursa Minor, Ballycastle
Best Greengrocer Slemish Market Garden, Ballymena
Best Fishmonger Native Seafood, Portstewart
Best Deli or Grocer Indie Fude, Comber
Best Cheesemonger Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Belfast
Best Market St George’s Market, Belfast
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery Wine & Brine, Moira
Champion Slow Food Product Ballylisk Triple Cream Cheese, Armagh
Person of the Year: Leona Kane of Broighter Gold. A producer who grows in tandem with nature, and lauded by everyone from the RSPB to the Woodland Trust. Broighter Gold are the exemplar for sustainable production, and Leona has a pivotal role within the Northern Irish food community.
Nominated by Paula McIntyre, Director of Slow Food Northern Ireland