2018 Best of NH Party Info


THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018 | 6:30 P.M.
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium
Manchester, NH

Attendees can look forward to enjoying all-you-care-to-eat food and drink samples from more than 65 booths while enjoying a night outside at the ballpark listening to music, live entertainment and ending the night with an amazing fireworks display. A complete list of participating eateries and entertainment will be updated as restaurants sign on board.

Plus, you never know who might show up to the party. In the past, Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler, Justin Spencer and other celebs have popped in to toast NH's best businesses.

Nonprofit partner

About Stay Work Play: Stay Work Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is “To work collaboratively across New Hampshire to support ongoing economic, workforce, and community development by promoting the state as a favorable place for young workers and recent college graduates to stay, work and play, when considering employment and lifestyle opportunities.”

Celebrity appearance

Join us as we welcome Hampton, NH’s own Jimmy Dunn to this year's Best of NH Party. Jimmy is an actor and stand-up comedian who recently starred on the CBS comedy "The McCarthys" as Sean McCarthy.

In the past, he’s performed at some of the comedy industry's most prestigious events, including Denis Leary's "Comics Come Home," Montreal's International Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and the "Late Show with David Letterman.” In August you can catch him here in the Granite State when he hosts the annual four-day Hampton Beach Comedy Festival at the Ashworth By The Sea. 

Grand prize

One lucky attendee will win a 1-week, all-inclusive vacation for four to Rockywold-Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, NH.

This amazing prize includes meals, daily housekeeping, ice and wood delivery and all recreational programs including swimming, boating, fishing, tennis and yoga. The estimated value of this prize is $4,500-$5,500 (depending on the week chosen) and is provided by RDC Resort…offering rustic family vacations since 1897!

A taste of the best

Food and non-alcoholic sampling by:

  • Common Man
  • Weathervane Seafood Restaurant
  • A&E Coffee & Tea
  • Moo's Place Homemade Ice Cream
  • Taco Beyondo
  • Klemm's Bakery
  • Harvey's Bakery & Coffee Shop
  • Thai Smile
  • City Moose Café 
  • New England's Tap House Grille
  • Hermanos Cocina Mexicana
  • ​The Wilder
  • Red Arrow Diner
  • Tuscan Kitchen
  • Wing-Itz
  • Fratello's Italian Grille
  • Mr. Mac's Macaroni and Cheese
  • Prime Roast Coffee
  • Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar
  • Celebrations Distinctive Catering
  • Cucina Aurora
  • Granite State Candy Shoppe
  • Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
  • Inn at Pleasant Lake
  • All Real Meal
Cocktails, beer and wine sampling by:
  • Hornitos
  • Best Damn Iced Tea
  • LaBelle Winery
  • Ancient Fire Mead & Cider
  • Long Blue Cat Brewing Co.
  • Samuel Adams
  • Throwback Brewery
  • 603 Brewery
  • 90+ Cellars
  • Cotton
This list was updated on Thursday, May 24; stay tuned as we add more participating restaurants to the list.

live Entertainment and music

  • Fireworks display by Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, Inc.
  • Rockspring
  • Gretchen & The Pickpockets
  • Jasmine Mann
  • David Corson
  • Ryan Williamson
  • Mr. Aaron

About Best of NH

Since 2000, New Hampshire Magazine has polled and published the picks of its readers and editors in categories that range from best cupcakes to best martini to best antiques shop and everything in between.

Voting in these categories takes place each year, starting in January. Our online-only ballot is the best way for readers and customers to recognize the best of the best that New Hampshire has to offer.

Our annual Readers' Poll and extensive list of Editor's Picks all lead up to the state's biggest celebration, The Best of NH Party, which will be held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Our 17th annual event will showcase New Hampshire Magazine Best of NH-award winners in an evening of food, fun, live music and festivities that benefits Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

Voting for 2018 has now ended. Winners will be notified by phone call and will receive an official winners' packet starting in early-mid April.

Thank you to the nearly 15,000 people who voted this year!

Best of NH Party Sponsors

Hornitos Tequila

CR Helicopters Inc.

Samuel Adams beer

Become a Sponsor

Position your business, brand and services with the best… in front of New Hampshire Magazine's 123,000+ affluent, educated and active readers, website visitors, and guests at the Best of New Hampshire Party.

Join the winning team as a sponsor and party with the best of 'em!

For more information on how to become a part of the Best of NH Party, call Kim Lencki, Group Advertising Sales Director, at (603) 413-5154 or your account executive; Connie Audet at (603) 413-5142 Tal Hauch at (603) 413-5145 or Josh Auger at (603) 413-5144.

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