The Farm Shop & Deli Awards recognise the very best standards in speciality retail and to celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement. We are proud to work with our supporters and judges to ensure these Awards can support and celebrate the specialist retail industry.

Nigel Barden, Chair of judges

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Food & drink journalist & broadcaster Nigel Barden tells us:“I am delighted to continue to be involved with the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. It’s a fabulous initiative for the sector and offers the best way to recognise and reward excellence for the UK’s local, artisan and high street speciality retailers. 

It’s gratifying to see lots of new names amongst the finalists as the Awards are becoming even more respected. The food & drink retail sector continues to attract inventive, hardworking entrepreneurs, many of whom have transferred their business skills from other industries.”


Our 2022 judging panel will be announced in early 2022. Below are details of our 2021 judges.



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"Love the new online entry process! Reading and learning about the fab stuff out there and the people behind it."
Elaine Lemm, food and travel writer and Co-chair of judges

"I enjoy hearing other judges' opinions and reasons for championing certain entrants at the face-to-face judging day. Very strong categories and some great businesses being focused on in these Awards."
Chris McNeil, Delicatessen Magazine

"I have loved the judging process, it has been fun and there is such a nice mix of fellow judges from the industry including chefs, retailers, journalists and publishers. As a retailer it is great to see how people view it from the outside and I have enjoyed the debates amongst the other judges."
Victoria Robertshaw, Owner Keelham Farm Shop and our 2017 Retailer of the Year winner.

Take a look at our judging panel:

Meet our judges



The Grocer spans every aspect of the market, from directors of the large multiples to independent retailers, and all visitors beyond the FMCG industry.



here's how you can get involved and support the Awards

1. Become a sponsor
If you are supplier exhibiting at the Farm Shop & Deli Show and are interested in being one of our Farm Shop & Deli Awards Sponsors, please get in touch with us to discuss your options.

2. Enter the awards
If you are a an eligible candidate we strongly urge you to enter the Awards

3. Recommend the awards / nominate an entry
Are you a supplier to the specialist retail industry? Or perhaps you are a retailer who has already entered and know other worthy contenders in this wonderful sector? Please encourage them to enter by clicking on the button below:

Nominate a retailer

Nominations will close on Friday 28th January 2022.

Supporting specialist retailers