Four in running for Cafe of the Year

Countrywide Cafe of the Year competition
Four Bundaberg cafes have made it to the finals of the competition.

Four businesses in Bundaberg are anxiously waiting to hear if they've been crowned Australia’s cafe of the year.

Voting closed last week for the Countrywide Cafe of the Year competition with the winner to be announced on Wednesday.

This year the competition attracted more than 1200 cafes with loyal customers having until 5 April to vote for their favourite.

Those who received 100 votes or more have progressed to the final stage.

Nearly 70 cafes have made it to the last round with four of those cafes from the Bundaberg Region.

Bundaberg Cafe of the Year finalists

Owner of Cafe 1928 Roger Bartolo said this year was the first time his café had entered the competition and he was proud to have made it this far.

“I think it is good recognition for the hard work that everyone does here,” he said.

“I have been here for 10 years and have seven staff. Just yesterday we served 200 people for Mother’s Day which is a fantastic effort.”

The café with the most votes wins $25,000 and the café with the most votes in each of the five states wins $5000 each.

2018 winner hopes to repeat success

Last year the Café of the Year 2018 title went to Alowishus Delicious.

When asked about the experience, owner Tracey McPhee said teamwork was a huge motivation for staff.

“The whole team at Alowishus Delicious were engaged and proactive during the promotion and it created a great sense of camaraderie. It really brought the team together,” Tracey said.

This year’s competition winner will be announced at 10am on Wednesday.