Best Bites program

The Mornington Peninsula Shire's Best Bites program recognises excellence in local food businesses on measures they are taking to provide safe and healthy food; how they use environmentally sustainable business practices; and how they are providing safe and accessible food premises.

Businesses can nominate to be included in the 2022 printed Best Bites Food Guide by completing a nomination form by 30 June 2022.

Businesses that meet the requirements are featured in the Best Bites Food Guide and are eligible for the Best Bites Food Awards and Best Bites People's Choice Awards.


  • From now: Nominations for Best Bites Food Guide are now open, and assessments are conducted
  • 1 December 2021: Best Bites People’s Choice Awards nominations open
  • 30 June 2022: Best Bites People's Choice Awards nominations close
  • October 2022: People’s Choice Awards results presentation
  • November 2022: Entries for 2023 Best Bites Food Awards open


Click on the topics below to find answers to frequently asked questions and further information.

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How can my business be featured in the Best Bites Food Guide?

The Mornington Peninsula Shire's Best Bites Food Guide is published online. Businesses that meet at least one of the five areas of excellence in their program assessment can be included in the Guide.

Interested in being a part of the Best Bites program?

How does my business enter the Best Bites Food Awards?

The Best Bites Food Awards celebrate excellence in local food businesses. Entry is free and simply requires judges to conduct a short site visit. There are nine business categories and multiple levels of awards up for grabs.

Who won the Best Bites Food Awards?

Can my business be a part of the Best Bites People's Choice Awards?

Nominations for the Best Bites People's Choice Awards are open over summer and are a great opportunity for community members to champion excellence in their favourite local food businesses.

Best Bites Resources

The Shire conducts an annual information session for all food premises about the Best Bites program. It includes simple ways to give your business the 'best bite' as well as a chance to learn from what other business have tried and found successful. Information from the 2022 program launch workshop can be seen here. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to be invited to future workshops.

In celebrating excellence, we can all learn from each other!

Below find great information about each area of excellence in the Best Bites Program with tips from local experts and resources from other organisations.

There is now a library of great resources about Best Bites that can be shared with your staff, with more being added all the time.