Best Bites

2019 Best Bites Food Awards

Nominations have closed and the finalists have been announced for this year's Best Bites Food Awards.

Best Bites aims to recognise the most outstanding local food business in the areas of food safety, healthy eating, sustainability, reduction of tobacco/alcohol and access and inclusion. Best Bites is co-ordinated in partnership with a steering committee including Mornington Peninsula Shire, Peninsula Health, Disability Advisory Committee, Western Port Biosphere and Sustainability Victoria, aiming to raise the profile of great food enterprises on the Peninsula.

The Best Bites finalists are:


  • Hastings Marina Restaurant
  • Hickenbotham Winery Dromana
  • Assaggini Mornington


  • Blue Mini Rosebud
  • Cooee Café Capel Sound
  • Store Fifteen Mornington
  • Merchant and Maker McCrae
  • Pelikan Societe Hastings
  • Laneway Espresso Dromana


  • Bays Hospital Mornington
  • Seahorse Café Capel Sound – Seawinds Community Hub
  • Nordie Café Red Hill
  • Tyabb Village Childrens Centre
  • Crib Point Early Learning Centre

School Canteen/Child Care:

  • Tyabb Village Childrens Centre
  • Crib Point Early Learning Centre

Aged Care:

  • Bays Hospital Mornington


  • Woolworths Rye
  • Ritchies IGA Sorrento
  • Ritchies IGA Mt Eliza

The Best Bites Food Awards will be announced during the launch of the Best Bites Food Guide on 28th October 2019.

How to nominate for the guide

Nominations for the 2020 Best Bites Food Guide are open until 2 September 2019.

 Complete the online nomination form here

Alternatively, the nomination kit is available at Shire customer service centres, or download the Best Bites Application Kit 2019(PDF, 3MB).

Once you have nominated you will receive a one-on-one consultation visit from a member of the Best Bites Team to guide you through the Best Bites program.

The Best Bites steering committee has also released case study videos of previous Best Bites Award winners, including this video from the Tyabb Village Children's Centre.

Benefits of applying

There are many benefits of being a part of this award winning program:

  • Free listing on the Best Bites web directory
  • Free listing on MPBusiness online
  • Window sticker and certificates recognising each Best Bites area your business achieves
  • Promotion through the printed Best Bites Food Guide – to be launched in October

You can contact the Shire at or phone 1300 850 600 for more information. 

Current Best Bites Food Guide

The Best Bites Food Guide features the most outstanding food businesses on the Mornington Peninsula in the areas of nutrition, tobacco and alcohol, waste and recycling, energy and water efficiency and access for all.

The Guide - which lists more than 100 local food businesses serving safe, healthy and sustainable food - is now available free from Shire customer service centres, libraries and tourism centres. 

Download: Best Bites Food Guide 2019(PDF, 9MB)

Download Microsoft Word Version: Best Bites 2019 Accessible Version(DOCX, 41KB)

The Shire and the All Abilities Consultative Committee has also created a video promoting accessible, safe and sustainable food businesses on the Mornington Peninsula.

Best Bites Judges

Mornington Peninsula Shire, Peninsula Health and the Best Bites Steering Committee is committed to assisting food businesses and consumers through the Best Bites Food Guide and the Best Bites Food Awards.

An independent judging panel is helping with this year's Best Bites Food Awards including representatives from program partners and supporters including Peninsula Health, Disability Advisory Committee, Western Port Biosphere Reserve, Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism, Sustainability Victoria, and Mornington Peninsula Shire.   The judges for each Best Bites category have great knowledge and experience in the program areas of access and inclusion, nutrition, tobacco control, and sustainability. All of the judges are volunteers who kindly donate their time and expertise to support Best Bites. Without their support the Best Bites Awards would not be possible    

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