Many of us who have worked in offices – or as part of almost any kind of organisation – will be well aware of “office cake culture” and how often morning teas, meetings, farewells, birthdays and other events involve unhealthy foods we probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves on a normal day. The same goes for work related meetings, workshops and events – often the only options are unhealthy or sugary foods.

With the increasing recognition and awareness of the role of diet in health and wellbeing, more and more people are looking for delicious, healthy options when attending meetings and events. Luckily there are some great local caterers filling this gap. Greater Bendigo’s Healthy Catering Guide highlights local caterers who have Healthy Choices approved menus as well as tips to make your next meeting or event delicious and healthy.

You can check out the Healthy Catering Guide, and learn more about sourcing healthy catering locally, on the City of Greater Bendigo’s website. You can also find out more about the City’s Food System Strategy, and its shared vision of creating a food system that is healthy, equitable and sustainable and supports the local economy, culture, and health and wellbeing of our communities.

One of the four pillars of Bendigo’s UNESCO Creative Cities designation is “improve health and wellbeing particularly through healthy eating” and the City of Greater Bendigo is supporting this by offering practical tools such as the guide to help make this easier. The guide helps those wanting to provide healthy food at events, and also supports local businesses who are offering those healthy options as part of their menu. As interest grows in healthy catering options, we hope to see more and more local hospitality businesses joining the guide.

The Healthy Catering Guide has been developed by Bendigo Community Health Services and the City of Greater Bendigo to help businesses and the community to know where to go to find delicious, healthy catering locally. For caterers interested in being added to the guide contact to find out how.