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Tuesday, 17 May 2016/Categories: News

The winners of this year’s Mornington Peninsula Shire Best Bites Food Awards were presented with their awards by Mayor Councillor Graham Pittock at the Council Meeting on 9th May.

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and Hummingbird Eco Retreat Red Hill were joint winners of the Restaurant of the Year for their excellence in nutrition and healthy eating, tobacco control, waste and recycling, energy and water efficiency and access for all.

Merchant and Maker McCrae and Merricks General Wine Store were joint winners of the Café of the Year, with other category award winners being:

Aged Care:
Winner - Delivered Meals Service Rosebud
Bed and Breakfast:
Winner - Harmony Bed and Breakfast Fingal
School Canteen/Child Care:
Winner – St Josephs Catholic Primary School Crib Point
Winner - Ritchies Mt Eliza
Take Away:
Winner - Palamara Fruits Mt Eliza
Joint winners were Merchant and Maker in McCrae and Mock Orchards in Red Hill.

Foxey’s Hangout in Red Hill was awarded the People’s Choice Award for food businesses that were nominated by local food consumers.

Finalists in each of these categories were judged by an independent panel to determine the award winners.

Best Bites Food Awards is a Mornington Peninsula Shire program that recognises the most outstanding local food businesses in the areas of healthy eating, tobacco control, sustainability and access for all.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Graham Pittock said all winners and nominees were truly deserving of recognition.

“The Best Bites winners set great examples within the local food industry by ensuring that our community has access to safe, healthy and sustainable food,” he said.

Ange Barry, CEO of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation presented St Josephs Primary School with their award in the Child Care/School Canteen category.

The Best Bites Food Guide – which lists previous award winners and all local food businesses that have received Best Bites certification – is available free from Shire customer service centres, tourism offices and online at

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Best Bites Food Guide and Food Awards. The Shire is encouraging businesses to nominate by the closing date of 15 July, and is also encouraging customers to nominate their favourite food business for a Best Bites Award by emailing

The finalists for the 2017 Best Bites Food Awards will be announced in September 2016.

For more information about the Best Bites food program please call Peter O’Brien, Mornington Peninsula Shire, on: 5950 1865 or email

* Mayor Graham Pittock presenting 'Best Bed & Breakfast Award' to Sharon Richardson, owner of Harmony Bed & Breakfast in Fingal.