Peninsula food businesses rewarded for effort

By Sara Schwarz
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Montalto Vineyard sculpture walk, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

Montalto Vineyard sculpture walk, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria [©Mornington Peninsula Tourism]

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

The 2009 Mornington Peninsula Regional Awards for Excellence were held this year on an icily cold June evening in the warm and welcoming Peninsula Community Theatre.

Over 150 people braved the conditions, representing the best of Mornington Peninsula’s wine and food industry. Held annually, the Regional Awards hi-light the quality of service, produce, chefs and producers that Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is blessed with. 

Now in its second year, guests were waited upon by the next generation of service professionals from the local Chisholm TAFE. The exceptional food on the evening, matched by regional wines, was provided by six of last year’s well-deserved award winners:

Periodot Lake Estate
Red Hill Brewery
Salix Restaurant
The Long Table
The Rocks Mornington
In 2009 over 45 local businesses competed within eleven categories. The winners and finalists of each will now progress to the Victorian Awards for Excellence to be held later in the year.

2009’s winners by category are:

Excellence in Local Produce – Salix Restaurant
Excellence in Local Wine or Beverage – Stillwater at Crittenden
Excellence in Front of House – Stillwater at Crittenden
Excellence in Coffee – Montalto
Gourmet Retail Outlet – Red Hill Cellars
Asian Restaurant – Tulsi
Café Restaurant – Two Buoys
Informal Dining – Bamboo
European – La Petanque
Modern Australian – Loquat
Restaurant in a Winery – Ten Minutes by Tractor


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

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