What does it mean to win the Farm Shop & Deli Awards ‘Deli of the Year’?
With the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017 entry being open we caught up with Thea Grace Midgley from The Hungry Guest which has won the Best Deli Award at the Farm Shop and Deli Awards for two years running.
Brett Coleman from The Hungry Guest, collecting 'Delicatessen of the Year' 2016 award
What is so special about the Farm Shop and Deli industry?
The independent food industry within the UK has come so far over the last five years and it's absolutely fantastic that the British public has embraced this. Having a local farm shop or deli is a special thing, being able to not only support local producers and suppliers, but also finding those extra special products without needing to visit a large city is great.
How did you feel when you found out you had won the award?
To be honest I was speechless, having won the same award two years in succession is very special. Having a fantastic passionate team behind you is a real springboard into creating something special within ordinary walls, and I thank them for that!
Why did you decide to enter these awards?
Winning awards doesn't have to be a dream, my staff work tirelessly throughout the year so for us to put ourselves forward we really believe in what we do, how we do it and the impact it has creates a real sense of achievement for them.
How has winning helped your business?
Immensely. Having won the Best Deli for the last two years it has brought so much more custom within the shop. Customers have visited purely having seen that we are winners, and our regulars are just thrilled and feel very lucky to have us on their doorstep.
It's also given us many other opportunities with suppliers and our relationships with them enabling us to bring things into the shop that are just that little bit extra special.
What advice would you give to those considering entering in 2017?
Go for it. If you believe in what you do then you have no doubt worked very hard to get there. Being shortlisted is very special, winning is even better. Good luck!
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