Mornington Peninsula food businesses rewarded for effort

Announcing the Mornington Peninsula Regional Awards for Excellence winners July 2010

By Sara Schwarz
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Modern French cuisine using local produce at La Petanque on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria

Modern French cuisine using local produce at La Petanque on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria [©La Petanque]

Montalto Vineyard sculpture walk, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
Salix restaurant boasts all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer including a fabulous view over the vineyard
Salix chef Bernard McCarthy, Willow Creek Vineyard, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

The 2010 Mornington Peninsula Regional Awards for Excellence held again in the Peninsula Community Theatre, were, as always a spectacular event, with over 220 people attending from regional food, wine and restaurant establishments and organisations.

The awards were this year dominated by Salix Restaurant, located at Willow Creek Vineyard in Merricks. This year, their sixth in operation, Salix owners Bernard and Rachel McCarthy and their team collected four of the 12 awards available in the following categories:

  • Restaurant in a Winery 
  • Excellence in Local Produce (for the second year in a row) 
  • Excellence in Local Wine or Beverage (joint winners with Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove)
  • Excellence in Coffee

Recent newcomer to the Mornington Peninsula, D.O.C. Mornington took away the prize for this years' Gourmet Retail Outlet, amidst strong competition from Red Hill Cellars and Somers General Store.

Other deserved winners included La Petanque Restaurant and Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove for Excellence in Front of House, while Tulsi Indian Restaurant again won the Gourmet Asian Restaurant award.

The full list of winners below: 

Congratulations to all winners and runners-up, and to mp Gourmet.



  • Melbourne Surrounds (VIC)
  • Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

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