Borough Market named UK’s best market by a movement committed to community, the environment and the pleasure of eating
Borough Market has won the Slow Food award for best market for the sixth year in a row—a quite remarkable run of success. Adding to the high levels of pride being felt in SE1 as a result, two of the Market’s traders were named the winners of the baker and cheesemonger categories: Bread Ahead, which creates its exceptional bread and cakes in a bakery within the Market, and Heritage Cheese, which offers a carefully selected range of cheeses from some of the best small producers in Britain and Ireland.
The awards, which last year were expanded from their previous focus on London and the south-east and now cover all four countries of the UK, are based upon the votes of thousands of members of the British public, with no prior shortlisting—a democratic approach that makes the results feel particularly meaningful.
The only category judged by a panel rather than the public is the Slow Food in the UK Person of Year, which this year went to the highly deserving Paolo Arrigo, owner of Franchi Seeds—the only seed company endorsed by Slow Food, one of the last commercial custodians of a number of Ark of Taste seeds, and a huge supporter of school and community gardens. Paolo’s seeds are sold at The Gated Garden, and he has previously worked closely with Borough Market to promote the importance of his work.
Borough’s continued prominence in the Slow Food awards list is a clear reflection of the way in which Slow Food’s values, which link the pleasure of eating with a commitment to community and the environment, chime with those of the Market, a place full of good food that has been created in a sustainable, small-scale, environmentally sound and often highly traditional manner. The awards ceremony will take place at Borough on 10th December, Terre Madre Day.