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Best of NH 2017 Food Odds & Ends

Looking for the best vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free options? Want to find a top-notch local mustard? Need to take the kids out to a family-friendly restaurant? Here's where to find all of those answers and more.

Best of NH 2017 Shops & Services

Whether you're an antique hunter, need to find the perfect gift or just want to relax with a little retail therapy, we've got the place for you.

Best of NH 2017 Fun & Adventure

It's time to get out of the house! Take an art class, catch a show, stroll through a gorgeous garden or go on a mysterious treasure hunt.

Best of NH 2017 This & That

Sometimes cool things defy categorization. Here are our favorite odds and ends from spicy ketchup to a very quirky small town event.

Best of NH 2017 Arts & Culture

Expand your mind (and have some fun at the same time) with local musicians, art galleries, theatres, music stores, concert halls and festivals.

Best of NH 2017 Favorite Restaurants

Here are your favorite restaurants - as determined by the Readers' Poll - in all regions of the state.

Best of NH 2017 American & Seafood Restaurants

Where to find the juiciest burgers in your area, a classic steakhouse, BBQ, gooey macaroni and cheese, wings, the best lobster roll and the state's fanciest burgers.

Best of NH 2017 Delis, Butcher Shops, Catering, Cafés, Lunch and Breakfast

Looking for a healthy lunch? Need a gourmet meal on the go? Hungry for a locally sourced breakfast? Here you'll find the best sandwiches, soups, catering, breakfast spots and more.

Best of NH 2017 Breweries, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails and Pubs

Ready for some local refreshments? We've got craft beer, cocktails, hard cider, locally distilled spirits and more.

Best of NH 2017 Desserts, Ice Cream Stands, Coffee and Bakeries

Ready for coffee and dessert? Step it up a notch with locally roasted brews, ice cream macarons, French pastries and much more.

Best of NH 2017 Pizzerias and Ethnic Food Restaurants

Take a culinary journey around the world - from Latin and Italian to Thai and Turkish cuisines - or grab a slice at a pizzeria.

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 beginning 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.

Online voting for Best of NH 2017 concluded on Monday, March 20, 2017. Thanks to everyone who cast their ballot!

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 15, 2017. Our 16th 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.

Best of NH Party Sponsors

Presented by

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Hornitos Tequila

CR Helicopters Inc.

Samuel Adams beer

Steele Hill Vacation Club

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presented by Coca-Cola

THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017 | 6:30 P.M.
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium
Manchester, NH

Attendees can look forward to enjoying 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 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.”

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!

Meet one of NH's best:

Justin Spencer of Recycled Percussion and "Chaos and Kindness" will be flying in from Las Vegas to attend this year's Best of NH Party. Justin grew up in Goffstown, NH, and formed Recycled Percussion in 1995. Since then, he has appeared on "America's Got Talent" with Recycled Percussion and written the book "One Life, One Legacy". His book is the the operational manual for life-change in his Legacy X motivational program.

participating restaurants

We're thrilled to announce that the following restaurants will be in attendance.

  • 900 Degrees
  • A&E Coffee Roastery
  • Puritan Backroom
  • The Common Man
  • The Pie Guy
  • Triolo's Bakery
  • Van Otis Chocolates
  • Polly's Pancake Parlor
  • Celebrations Catering
  • Pleasant Lake Cheesecake Company
  • Tuscan Kitchen
  • Walpole Creamery
  • The Foundry
  • Taco Beyondo
  • ‚ÄčLexie's 
  • Lix Ice Cream
  • Fratello's Italian Grille
  • Mr. Mac's Macaroni and Cheese
  • Memories Premium Ice Cream
  • Klemm's Bakery
  • Blackwater Mustard Co.
  • Chang Thai Cafe
  • The Grind Rail Trail Cafe 
  • Tuckaway Tavern & Butchery
  • New England's Tap House Grille
  • KC's Rib Shack
  • Holy Grail Restaurant & Pub
  • Moo's Place Ice Cream
  • Thai Smile
  • All Real Meal
  • The Wine'ing Butcher
  • Red Arrow Diner
Cocktails, beer and wine sampling by:
  • Hornitos
  • Bacardi
  • Bud Light Lime-A-Rita
  • Ketel One Vodka
  • Sweet Baby Vineyard
  • Throwback Brewery
  • Flag Hill Distillery & Winery
  • LaBelle Winery
  • Samuel Adams
  • Fabrizia Spirits
  • Lithermans Limited Brewing
  • Portsmouth Brewery
  • Able Ebenezer Brewing

live Entertainment and music

  • Fireworks display by Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group, Inc.
  • Super Secret Project
  • Roots of Creation
  • Epic Season
  • Alli Beaudry
  • Dusty Gray
  • Miss Maybell & Slimpickin's
  • Sam Robbins

The Ballot is CLOSED!

The 2017 ballot is now closed. Thank you to the 15,500+ people who voted! We'll be busy the next couple of weeks tallying results and getting winners' packets put together. Readers' poll winners will all be notified by early April.

Become a Sponsor

Be One of the Best!

Position your business - brand - products - services with the Best¬Ö 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 Sharron McCarthy, Publisher, at (603) 413-5117 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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Best of NH Party photos

  • 2016 Best of NH Party

    2016 Best of NH Party

    Thanks for joining us at the 2016 Best of NH Party on June 16 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Photos by Wendy Wood, Karen Bachelder and Susan Laughlin.

  • 2016 Best of NH Photo Booth

    2016 Best of NH Photo Booth

    Thanks for joining us at the 2016 Best of NH Party held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Manchester. Check out photos from the NH Photo Fun Booth! http://www.nhphotofunbooth.com/

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2014 Best of NH Party

2014 Best of NH Party

Check out footage from New Hampshire Magazine's 2014 Best of NH Party held at the Verizon Wireless Arena on July 19, 2014.
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2013 Best of NH party

2013 Best of NH party

Check out the 2013 Best of NH Party hosted by NH Magazine to benefit the NH Food Bank. This year's video host is NH Magazine columnist Courtney Hoppe. Video courtesy of Edify Multimedia.
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2012 Best of NH Party

2012 Best of NH Party

Check out the 2012 Best of NH Party held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.
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2011 Best of NH Party

2011 Best of NH Party

Check out the 2011 Best of NH Party held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.
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2010 Best of NH Party

2010 Best of NH Party

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