The London Slow Food Awards are back celebrating the very best Slow Food retailers in the capital. In particular they want to hear from you which you think is the best butcher. As last years winners we are keen to hold onto our title of Best Butchers in London. So we would love to get your vote again this year

Slow Food is categorised by Good, Clean and Fair – that is food which is good quality, produced in a sustainable way which doesn’t damage the environment and for which both the producer and the consumer get a fair price. The awards were created by Slow Food London to support and highlight the growing number of quality food retailers and producers within London which are the polar opposite of the discount and large supermarket chains.

The award 2014 award to Morley Butchers recognised our excellence in butchery, time-honed skills, as well as an impressive range of game and quality meat that comes from animals that are free range and enjoyed a natural wholesome diet.

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Support you local independent retailers

You can vote for several different categories on the same page so please take a moment to support your other Crouch End food retailers such as Dunn’s Bakery and Walter Purkis fishmonger (who were also winners last year)

The Slow Food Awards Nominations

They are open until 20th September, with the results announced in October. You can only vote once, and must give your email address to vote.

Don’t forget to get your friends to vote!

What is slow food?

Slow Food is categorised by Good, Clean and Fair – that is food which is good quality, produced in a sustainable way which doesn’t damage the environment and for which both the producer and the consumer get a fair price.

Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Quality
Quality is fundamental—food must taste good and be good for us. Quality includes: the freshness and wholesomeness of ingredients; the care and craft with which they are handled; the quality of life of consumers, producers and their neighbors. It is a standard of Quality based on food that is good, clean and fair.

Authenticity
Authenticity means that the food is true to its source. Natural products free of additives are true to themselves; local, seasonal foods are true to their time and place; heirloom varietals and heritage breeds are true to their evolutionary history; traditional foods are true to their cultural heritage. Authentic foods come from and contribute to ecological and cultural systems that are good, clean and fair.

Sustainability
Sustainability means that we must pay attention to the consequences of how we produce and distribute food. We must be good stewards of the environment in which we live; we must protect the biodiversity on which we depend; we must be humane to the animals we raise, fair to the people we employ, and we must insist that high quality food be available to all. Sustainability means reducing all the negative consequences of making food – it means using processes that are good, clean and fair.

A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

Slow Food London is a group of committed volunteers. They campaign and raise awareness about good, clean and fair food. People in the UK are increasingly aware of the social, economic and environmental impact of our daily food choices. They work to bring people together to create change.

Slow Food London also runs an Approved scheme that provides a directory of places which sell and/or support Slow Food principles – whether retail shops, market stalls, restaurants or on on-line.
You can find out more about Slow Food London here >>