Portarlington Mussel Tours wins Best Seafood Experience at the Victorian Seafood Industry Awards.

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Portarlington Mussel Tours wins Best Seafood Experience at the Victorian Seafood Industry Awards.

Words by Staff Writer

The award also comes with the announcement of a new seafood addition to the renowned tour.

Congratulations are in order for the Bellarine’s very own boating seafood experience, Portarlington Mussel Tours, who have taken out the title of Best Seafood Experience at the Victoria Seafood Industry Awards.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

Held on the evening of Thursday 9 May in Melbourne as opened by the MP. Minister for Tourism, Sport, Major Events, Environment & Outdoor Recreation, Steve Dimopoulos and hosted by Melbourne-based food writer, author and copywriter Hilary McNevin, the annual awards showcase the best in seafood harvesting, preparation and operations in Victoria.

Portarlington Mussel Tours were awarded for their demonstrated excellence in developing and undertaking a positive, educative seafood experience with opportunities to consume Australian seafood, as well as having contributed substantially towards a positive public profile for the seafood industry. The win comes just twelve months after operation commenced with the company becoming a tourist attraction to the Bellarine.

Their services have raised the profile of the humble mussel while, educating guests on the positive environmental outcomes of mussel farming and the health benefits of mussel consumption in diets. With their on-board cooking demonstrations and immersive experience, it truly is an excellent experience within Victoria.

Lance Wiffen, owner and founder, also founder of Sea Bounty Mussels, says “We’re pleased to get the award, as it recognised exactly what we set out to achieve with running these tours. People want to know where their food comes from, how sustainable it is, and how to prepare it easily enough in the home. We also love that we get to show off this beautiful region and other local Bellarine produce on the boat.”

The win also comes with an exciting business move for Wiffen, with his other project Sea Bounty Mussels now officially offering commercial diving for the local Port Phillip scallop. This will filter into their Portarlington Mussel tours as another tantalising treat for guests to try.

You can experience the Best Seafood Experience for yourself with dates open for bookings right through the year, with a special Oakdene Wine and Seafood Tour featuring on 22 June.

Further information and booking can be found here.