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The 2019 Best Bites food awards are announced

08 November 2019

The Best Bites food awards have been announced with local cafes, restaurants and other food outlets coming together to celebrate the results.

Best Bites is a Mornington Peninsula Shire and Peninsula Health 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. 

All of the winners and nominated businesses have received a Best Bites certification by scoring over 95 per cent in their food safety assessment and providing excellent allergen management for customers. They also must demonstrate excellence during a site visit assessment.

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

The award winners were presented with their awards on Monday 28 October 2019 at the Casuarina Restaurant at Rosebud’s Chisholm Institute. 

Read on to see the results! 


Assaggini in Mornington has won the Restaurant of the Year award at the Shire’s 2019 Best Bites Awards! 

The judges were very impressed by the Access and Inclusion offered at Hastings Marina Restaurant, and the sustainability approach adopted by Hickinbotham of Dromana, awarding them both Highly Commended. 


Blue Mini Rosebud and Store Fifteen in Mornington both won Café of the Year, with Laneway Espresso in Dromana as Highly Commended. 

Café finalists were Cooee Café, Capel Sound, Merchant and Maker, McCrae, and Pelikan Societe of Hastings. 

Bed & Breakfast: 

Winner – Sunnyside Up B&B in Rye 

Aged Care: 

Winner – The Bays Hospital in Mornington 

School canteen / childcare:

Joint Winners – Tyabb Village Children’s Centre and Crib Point Early Learning Centre 


Winner – Woolworths, Rye. Finalists were Ritchies IGA, Mt Eliza and Ritchies IGA, Sorrento 



Across all sectors consideration was given to innovative practices: 

  • Joint Winners – Seahorse Café at Seawinds Community Hub in Capel Sound and Nordie Café, Red Hill 
  • Highly Commended – Bays Hospital Mornington 
  • Innovation Finalists were Tyabb Village Children’s Centre and Crib Point Early Learning Centre
This article originally published November 2019
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