Best Bites Food Awards

2022 Best Bites Award Winners have been announced.  Click here to see who won!

The Best Bites program is a Mornington Peninsula Shire, Peninsula Health and Disability Advisory Committee program recognising the most outstanding local food businesses in the areas of food safety, healthy eating, sustainability, reduction of tobacco/alcohol and access and inclusion.

As part of the Best Bites program, the Best Bites Food Awards showcase excellence in local food businesses.

Businesses that are in the Best Bites Food Guide can nominate for the awards, and are assessed on how well they are achieving the following:

  • Providing of safe and healthy food
  • Using environmentally sustainable business practices
  • Providing accessible and inclusive premises
  • Minimising harm associated with alcohol consumption and tobacco use

 There are different nine business categories including:

  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Takeaway outlet
  • Tourist Accommodation (for example, bed and breakfast, accommodation with a dining room)
  • Health & Education (includes childcare, school canteen, aged care, etc)
  • Farmgate: includes primary producers with a retail frontage
  • Food manufacturer (for example, bakers, cheese makers, home based businesses, etc)
  • Retail (for example, butchers, supermarket, delicatessens, etc)
  • Community Group (for example, sporting clubs with canteens)

Nominees in each of these categories are judged by an independent panel to determine the award finalists, highly commended and winners.

See our previous Best Bites Food Awards results or find out more about entering the Best Bites Food Awards, and the Best Bites program.

Best Bites Judges

An independent judging panel drawn from Peninsula Health, Disability Advisory Committee, Mornington Peninsula Shire and relevant industry associations/groups assesses the entrants across a range of criteria. The judges for each Best Bites business 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.

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

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