MANCHESTER — With thousands of votes cast, New Hampshire Magazine recently announced the 2019 Best of NH award-winners. The list includes 265 winners from around the state in categories including best burger, coffee shop, pizza, brewery, pet grooming shop, music venue, yoga studio and much more. Tickets are on sale now for the 18th annual Best of NH Party, which celebrates New Hampshire’s tastiest dishes and most exciting talent and takes place Thurs., June 27, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. The event doubles as a benefit for the Best of NH Party’s new non-profit partner, CASA New Hampshire. The Best of NH Party will feature an abundance of culinary stations, live music, including a performance by “American Idol” contestant Evelyn Cormier, giveaways and a spectacular fireworks display by Atlas.
“Picture yourself biting into hot, fall-off-the-bone wings and washing them down with an ice cold local brew, while the sound of live music and the laughter of your friends fills the air – that’s what the Best of NH Party is all about,” says Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine. “There is no opportunity like the Best of NH Party for Granite Staters to try different dishes, cocktails and treats from all corners of the state in one location. The smiles you see at every turn speak for themselves, and we’re excited to share this experience with the New Hampshire community again on June 27.”
The Best of NH Party is a food and beverage lover’s must-attend event; samples include pulled pork from KC’s Rib Shack, mini pancakes from The Friendly Toast, beef and lobster sliders from Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery, chocolate fondue from Van Otis Chocolates, LLC, India Pale Ale from Stoneface Brewing Co., chicken fingers from Puritan Backroom, crisp wine from LaBelle Winery, margaritas from Hermano’s Cocina Mexicana and more. On top of enjoying mouthwatering culinary options, one lucky partygoer will walk away with an all-inclusive, one-week vacation for four to Rockyworld-Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, NH—valued at up to $5,500.
The Best of NH Party experience goes far beyond culinary delights. Throughout the stadium, guests will experience aerialists, jugglers, puppeteers and a roving magician. Musical entertainment will also be performed throughout the venue to spread out a variety of sounds. Paul Nelson and Clint Lapointe will perform on the acoustic stage, while a number of acts will occupy the Cold River Radio Revue Main Stage under the direction of bandleader Jonathan Sarty. This year’s lineup includes:
The Rocking Horse Music Club – songwriting, producing and performing collaboration will feature performances by Claremont, New Hampshire’s, Evelyn Cormier, known for her Top 11 slot on season 17 of “American Idol,” and former Miss New Hampshire, Caroline Carter (2016).
Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki – an award-winning New Hampshire-based fiddler/singer who has toured nationally with bands of different genres and released multiple recordings of Celtic music that can be heard on radio stations in Ireland and Scotland, as well as around New England.
Joe Deleault – an award-winning international performer, composer and session pianist. Recording credits include Jon Bon Jovi, Carly Simon, Joan Osborne, Natalie MacMaster, Mighty Sam McClain and more. He is currently composing with Academy Award-winner Ernest Thompson.
Bennett & Perkins – while folk music is a cornerstone influence for this vocal-and-guitar-singing duo from greater Conway, their music borrows from genres ranging from Americana, singer/songwriter, roots, bluegrass, blues and more.
The roster of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries participating at the party is constantly growing. For an updated list, please visit www.bestofnh.com and check back for updates.
Tickets for the Best of NH Party cost $65.00 per person or $55.00 per person for a group of six or more. Tickets for children age 4-12 cost $19.00 per child and children under 4 are free. Advance ticket purchasing is strongly encouraged, though remaining tickets will be available at the party. To purchase tickets, please visit www.bestofnh.com.
With New Hampshire Magazine selecting CASA of New Hampshire as its 2019 Best of NH Party non-profit partner, the evening will also benefit the organization. CASA New Hampshire recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system.
“We are incredibly grateful CASA New Hampshire was selected as this year’s Best of NH Party nonprofit partner,” says Marcia Ressmeyer Sink, CEO and President of CASA of NH. “Beyond being an incredibly high-energy, fun-filled evening, guests can feel good knowing their attendance is helping one of their community’s nonprofits. We thank those who support us and look forward to a great event.”
Winners are determined by an online poll organized by New Hampshire Magazine. The poll is divided into 265 categories that range from best ice cream to best radio talk show and much more.
Winners in the Seacoast area include: Dover: 2 Home Cooks (Breakfast Place – Seacoast), Dover and Portsmouth: Dos Amigos Burritos (Burrito – Multi-location Regional), Dover: Hair Daze (Hair Salon), Harvey’s Bakery and Coffee Shop (Bakery – Overall), La Festa Brick & Brew Pizza (Pizza – Overall), Newick’s Lobster House (Clam Chowder), Noggin Factory (Toy Store), Patty B’s Ristorante Italiano (Italian Restaurant), Flight Coffee Co. (Coffee Shop – Seacoast), Tucker’s (Breakfast Place – Overall Multi location – local), Weathervane Seafood Restaurants (Clam Chowder – Multi-location), Durham: Hop + Grind (Burger – Seacoast), Thai Smile (Thai Restaurant); Epping: The Holy Grail (Irish Pub), Epping and Portsmouth: Popovers on the Square (Bakery – Seacoast; pastries), Epping, Portsmouth and North Hampton: The Beach Plum (Lobster Roll Multi-location local); Exeter: The Barking Dog (Pet Boarding Multi-location local), Front Row Pizzeria (Pizzeria – Seacoast), Laney + Lu (Gluten-free Options), Puddle Jumpers (Kids Clothing Shop), Top Drawer Boutique (Lingerie Shop), Exeter, New Castle and Portsmouth: The Green Bean (Sandwich Multi-location local), Exeter, Portsmouth and Epping: Lexie’s Restaurants (Burger – Overall Multi-location local); Hampton: Hampton Beach (Summer Outdoor Attraction - Seacoast), The Old Salt & Lamie’s Inn (Brunch), Hampton Falls: Wakeda Campground (Campground); Lee: Take Five Dogcare (Pet Boarding); Newington: Stoneface Brewing Co. (Brewery – Seacoast); North Hampton: Donut Love (Doughnuts); Portsmouth: Bubby’s NY Style Delicatessen (Delicatessen), Cycle Fierce (Indoor Cycling), Flatbread (Pizzeria – Seacoast), Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro (Vegetarian), La Carreta (Mexican Restaurant), LaBelle Winery (Winery or Vineyard), Lucky’s (Barbershop), Mac and Cooper’s Pet Supply Outlet (Pet Grooming; Pet Supplies), Mr. Mac’s Macaroni and Cheese (Mac and Cheese Multi-location Regional), Roundabout Diner and Lounge (Diner – Seacoast), Shio Japanese Restaurant (Japanese Restaurant), Portsmouth, Dover and Exeter: Thirsty Moose Taphouse Restaurant with Best Beer List – Multi-location National), Portsmouth and Dover: Wing-itz (Wings), Portsmouth: Surf Seafood (Restaurant – Seacoast; Seafood Restaurant; Crab Cakes); Rochester and Stratham: 110 Grill (Gluten-free Options – Multi-location Regional); Rochester: Jetpack Comics (Comic Book Store), Wild Willy’s Burgers (Burgers – Seacoast), Rollingsford: Wentworth Greenhouses & Garden Center (Garden Center); Rye: Lago’s Ice Cream (Ice Cream); Stratham: AutoFair (Automotive), Wingate Salon & Spa (Day Spa), Multiple Locations: The Friendly Toast (Breakfast Place – Seacoast Region Multi-location Regional).
For a list of all winners, visit www.bestofnh.com.