Created ten years ago, the Slow Food Awards winners are nominated by the public. Each winner is a champion of good, clean and fair food and represents the very best of their craft.

In addition to the public vote, each national director chooses their Person of the Year, someone who embodies Slow Food values.


Best Butcher                                  Rhug Estate, Corwen , Denbighshire
Best Baker                                      Andy’s Bread, Llanidloes, Powys
Best Greengrocer                          Paul’s Organic Veg, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Best Fishmonger                           E. Ashton Fishmongers, Central Market, Cardiff
Best Deli or Grocer                       Hay Deli, 41, Lion Street, Hay on Wye, Powys
Best Cheesemonger                      28 Castle Arcade, Cardiff
Best Market                                    Hay Market, Hay on Wye, Powys
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery     Chapters, Hay on Wye, Powys
Champion Slow Food Product    Teifi Caerphilly Cheese


Person of the Year: David Urry (Pictured above)

David Urry is a creative content producer and science communicator with a passion for engaging communities with their local environment and telling compelling and important stories. He is involved with Voice for Nature, who want to give Nature a new voice, one that’s bold rather than bleak. Nature needs to become something we appreciate, celebrate and elevate, not something we fear and forget. Voice for Nature believe that, like in Nature itself, abundance, diversity, cooperation, and exchange is what leads to innovation and evolution. David is the “Local & Vocal’ programmer at Abergavenny Food Festival, which attracts chefs, producers and audiences from far and wide, celebrating and championing good quality local and Welsh food has always been at its heart. L & V programmer David explains: “With the pandemic and war in Ukraine, local food resilience, autonomy and inequality have been brought into sharp focus. At the same time, there is a real disconnect between people, the food they eat and the land on which it is grown or produced. The L & V tent is an intimate space for discussing and sharing ideas, meeting local producers, growers and businesses, and recognising the value of local food for everyone.” David supported SFC to deliver a ‘Social Eating’ session in September 2023 at AFF to great success.

Nominated by Debbie Handley, Director Slow Food Cymru Wales