Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2017: Expert panel of judges announced


Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, Co Chair of Judges Elaine Lemm, Holly Shackleton, Editor of Speciality Food and Jamie Hall, Neal’s Yard Dairy are just some of the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges.


The online entries for the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Show have now closed. With entries received from speciality food & drink retailers from across the UK and Northern Ireland, the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards look set to be another challenging year for the judging panel to decide the category, regional and overall ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’ winners.

The consumer voting is now underway and this important stage of the judging process, which allows customers to vote online for their favourite retailer, will close on Monday 31st October. To date over 1,400 votes have been received, all of which will be evaluated by the judges alongside the retailer’s entry at the judging day on Monday 21st November.

With just over 3 weeks left on the consumer voting stage, the 2017 entrants are now encouraging their customers to vote for them online in the hope to be named a finalist for the category awards, which are up for grabs across 12 different specialisms. There are also nine regional awards available - plus the coveted ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’.

Find out more and take a look at the 2017 entrants at

Meet the 2017 Farm Shop & Deli Awards judges.

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.

Every November, Chair of Judges Nigel Barden, food & drink broadcaster/journalist, and Co-chair of Judges, Elaine Lemm, national food & travel writer, are joined by experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media to form the Farm Shop & Deli Awards judging panel.


This year the panel includes:

  • Holly Shackleton, Editor Speciality Food
  • Iain Hemming, Owner, Thyme & Tides
  • Jamie Hall, UK Retail and Rest of World Market Sales for Neale’s Yard Dairy
  • Jon May, Managing Director of Fabulous Food & Drink
  • Martin Hesp, Editor-at-large and food & drink editor, Western Morning News
  • Simon Hurley, Managing Director, Olives Et Al
  • Anthony and Sue Johns, Johns of Instow, 2015 winner ‘Farm Shop & Deli Retailer of the Year’
  • Vince Bamford, Editor, British Baker


With more judges due to be announced soon, find out more about the judges at