We’ve got some excellent independent food businesses here in Leicestershire, and now a handful of these are in the running to be named among the best in the UK.
Two local farm shops, a delicatessen, a greengrocer, and an online food businesss have been shortlisted in the 2021 Farm Shop and Deli Awards.
With representatives from across the Midlands, as well as East Anglia, Northern Ireland, the North East, North West, South East, South West, Scotland and Wales, the awards celebrate specialist retailers from across the UK, and recognising what award organisers describe as “their courageous commitment shown to their customers, community, staff and suppliers this year”.
The awards are open to retailers in the following categories: baker, butcher, cheesemonger, delicatessen, farm shop – large retailer, farm shop – small retailer, fishmonger, food hall, greengrocer, online business, village store/local shop.
The Leicestershire businesses that have been shortlisted
Elaine’s Fruit and Veg, Bushby (greengrocer)
Pie Drop, Melton Mowbray (online business)
March House Farm Shop, Great Dalby (farm shop)
Gates Farm Shop, Cold Overton (farm shop)
- Jorge Artisan Foods, The Engine Yard, Belvoir Castle (delicatessen)
This year, the awards received 153 entries, which are now being evaluated by an expert judging panel lead by broadcaster and journalist Nigel Barden, to determine the ‘Commented Retailers’ and ‘Best in Region Winners’ across the UK.
The live announcement will take place at 3pm on Monday, July 5 at the Farm Shop and Deli Show, at the NEC Birmingham from July 5 to 7.
Nigel Barden is joined in the judging process by food writer and co-chair Elaine Lemm, plus editor at British Baker, Amy North; fresh foods reporter at The Grocer, Henry Sandercock; branch manager for Paxton and Whitfield Jermyn Street, London, Hero Hirsh; head of trading and marketing for Booths, John Gill and head of consultancy business Delicious Planet, Victoria Robertshaw. The judges also include previous Retailer of the Year winners.
- Visitors will soon be able to register for the show via the website here.