On Wednesday 13 December, Mornington Peninsula Shire launched the 2018 Best Bites Food Guide.
This 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 was launched at a luncheon at Heronswood House and Garden in Dromana featuring 2017 Best Bites winners and finalists, Best Bites judges, Mornington Peninsula Produce members and a presentation and garden tour from Diggers Club founder Clive Blazey.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said all the Best Bites businesses were truly deserving of recognition. “Best Bites businesses set great examples within the local food industry by ensuring our community has access to safe, healthy and accessible food.
“I encourage residents and visitors to support this exciting program and consider the businesses in this guide when buying food or dining out on the Mornington Peninsula,” said Councillor Payne.
Council representative for the AACC and Seawinds Ward Councillor Antonella Celi said the ‘access for all’ Best Bites category is a fantastic way for businesses to pay more attention to how they cater for people with a disability. “I congratulate all businesses in this category for your commitment and dedication to helping make the peninsula more accessible”.
AACC Chair Elizabeth Kent said the Committee is extremely supportive of the Best Bites Program and is proud to support the judging process for the access category. “One-in-five community members has a disability and one million Victorians experience some sort of mobility, self-care or communication restriction.
“It’s imperative local businesses prioritise access and inclusion in and around their premises to support people with a disability, their friends and family to enjoy food-related businesses on the Mornington Peninsula,” said Ms Kent.
The 2018 Best Bites Food Guide – which lists more than 400 local food businesses serving safe, healthy and sustainable food – is now available free from Shire customer service centres, libraries and tourism centres and online as a searchable directory at mornpen.vic.gov.au/bestbites.
At the luncheon, the Shire and the All Abilities Consultative Committee (AACC) launched a video promoting accessible, safe and sustainable food businesses on the Mornington Peninsula. You can view this video by visiting mornpen.vic.gov.au/bestbites. Guides are also available at Shire offices.
Judging for the 2018 Best Bites Food Awards will commence in early 2018. To nominate your favourite Best Bites food business for these awards please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RPP FM -The Voice of the Peninsula Livestream at www.rppfm.com.au or download the app. 98.7FM and 98.3FM Frankston
Words & pic: Morn Pen Shire Council Media
(L – R): Dr Andrew Monk, Clive Blazey, Claire Hogan, Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark and Lisa Brassington at Heronswood House and Garden in Dromana for the 2018 Best Bites Food Guide launch.