The organisers of the annual Farm Shop & Deli Awards are looking for Andover customers to nominate farm shops and specialist food retailers for consideration.

New for 2021, the awards, sponsored by Garofalo and Food & Drink Wales, are placing emphasis on how specialist retailers have adapted their business and supported their community, staff and suppliers this year, rather than focusing on financial success.

Andover food retailers including butchers, bakers, greengrocers and farm shops were just some of the lockdown heroes that went above and beyond to help their customers, staff, suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initiatives included new online ordering processes, drive-thru farm shops, home deliveries, sourcing local suppliers and offering opening hours dedicated to keyworkers and ‘at-risk’ customers.

Shoppers can nominate retailers until October 31 via an online form. Each person that nominates will be in with a chance of winning a Fortnum & Mason food hamper.

Nominations are open for these food retailers:  

Large farm shop,
Small farm shop,
Food Hall,
Online Business,
Village store/local shop.