Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017: Entry deadline extended to 30 September – just over 2 weeks left!

Chair of Judges Nigel Barden with 2016 Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Arthur Howells and co-chair of Judges Elaine Lemm

Now in its fourth year, Farm Shop & Deli Awards recognise the very best standards in the UK’s independent, speciality retail market. With an expert panel of judges joining Nigel Barden, Chair of Judges, the Awards will celebrate the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement, offered by our heroes of the high-street. 

Following resounding success since its launch three years ago, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards have received over 1,000 entries from the specialist independent retail market, with nearly 17,000 consumer votes and over 7,000 online votes registered. 


It’s not too late to celebrate your speciality – entry deadline extended!

As the busy summer holiday period draws to an end, the Farm Shop & Deli Awards have extended their entry deadline by two weeks to Friday 30 September, to provide those who have not yet entered to get involved and submit their entries.

With just over 2 weeks left to enter, category awards are up for grabs across 12 different specialisms with nine regional awards also available - plus the coveted ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’.  As the online consumer voting stage closes on 31st October, the sooner retailers submit their entry the longer they will have to engage with their customers and drive their online consumer votes which will help decide the category, regional and overall Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year Award winners.

What the judges look for

Every November finds Food & Drink Journalist/Broadcaster Nigel Barden, Chair of judges, and Food Writer and Co-chair of judges, Elaine Lemm joined by their team of judges, which includes experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media, to evaluate the online entries and consumer votes for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards.

Faced with the high standard of entries they receive for category, regional and overall ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’, it is a difficult task for them to whittle down the finalists before commencing their ‘secret visits’. Visit to watch a video and find out what they look for in an entry and what made Arthur Howell a worthy winner in 2016.

The category, regional and Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year 2017 winners will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on 24 April 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC.


Learn from the 2016 winners

The 2016 category, regional and overall winners have recently shared their experiences and advice on entering these awards, see just some of their comments below:

“I decided to enter as I feel very strongly that all independent retailers need a good platform to show off how good they are and what they can offer and the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, from previous experience, is the very best platform to do this.”

“We loved the fact that they were judged by such leading figures in the industry, and we were keen to get some feedback on how we were doing. It was fantastic to receive this recognition.”

“If you are considering entering then my advice is to go for it! The key is to get across what makes your place so special and different – thankfully the judges saw this in us.”

“If you have a great product, good service, fantastic product knowledge and passion for what you do then go for it! Who knows you could win your category once or even twice!”

“Highlight all of your strengths, beliefs & uniqueness, and be prepared for the undercover judges.”

“Anyone entering, has as much chance of winning as anyone else and you have nothing to lose but loads to gain!”


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