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                                  Seaview Farms
Best Baker                                      Ursa Minor 
Best Greengrocer                          Slemish Market Garden
Best Fishmonger                           Ewings
Best Deli or Grocer                       Indie Fude
Best Cheesemonger                      Arcadia Deli
Best Market                                    Inns Market 
Best Restaurant/Food Eatery     Edo
Champion Slow Food Product    Young Buck Cheese

Person of the Year: Frank McCooke (pictured above) Frank and his wife Linda, son Matt and daughter in law Lori have been running Slemish Market Garden in Ballymena for over 10 years. Frank grows biodynamically as much of the produce they sell as possible and carefully sources the rest from smaller producers. He’s a natural born educator that transcends the generations. Frank’s philosophy is entrenched in the Slow Food ethos.

Nominated by Paula McIntyre Director Slow Food Northern Ireland