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2018 Best of NH Party


The 2018 Best of NH Party, held on June 14 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, was a smashing success. We hope you had as much fun as we did celebrating the best restaurants and food in the Granite State.

Special thanks to non-profit partner Stay Work Play, all of our incredible event sponsors, participating restaurants and businesses, Rockywold-Deephaven Camps for our grand prize and comedian and actor Jimmy Dunn.

You can find photos from the event, as well as the full list of 2018 readers' poll and editors' pick winners below. Cheers!

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Best of NH Party photos

  • 2018 Best of NH Party Photo Booth

    2018 Best of NH Party Photo Booth

    Check out the photos from the 2018 Best of NH Photo Booth, provided by Sowa Entertainment.

  • 2018 Best of NH Party

    2018 Best of NH Party

    Photos from the 17th Annual Best of NH Party, held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Photos by Wendy Wood, Kendal J. Bush and Karen Bachelder.

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More winners >> Best of NH Winners

Best of NH 2018 Fun & Adventure

New Hampshire is a fun place, and these winners prove it. Relax at the spa, visit one of the state's best summer attractions, go glamping, eat and drink at summer festivals or take a local craft beer tour.

Best of NH 2018 This & That

Not all of New Hampshire's best things fit neatly into categories. Here are our Editor's Picks for all the quirky, interesting or just cool things you should know about.

Best of NH 2018 Desserts, Ice Cream Stands, Coffee & Bakeries

Cookies, pastries, pies, oh my! Satisfy your sweet tooth with these Best of NH winners.

Best of NH 2018 Favorite Restaurants

Our readers' choices for their favorite restaurants in each region of the state.

Best of NH 2018 Breweries, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails & Bars

Don't just eat local, drink local! Where to find the best New Hampshire beer, wine, spirits, craft cocktails and even a speakeasy.

Best of NH 2018 Shops & Services

Think of this as the ultimate guide to retail therapy. Plus, get excellent recommendations for services that range from pet groomers to fitness.

Best of NH 2018 Pizzerias & Ethnic Food Restaurants

From a healthy poké bowl and shawarma to blueberry pizza (yes, really) and a traditional slice, these international winners will delight your taste buds.

Best of NH 2018 Delis, Butcher Shops, Catering, Cafés, Lunch and Breakfast

Up the "wow" factor by catering with an authentic Hawaiian luau, try Italian breakfast pizza, order up hash and eggs at the diner counter or eat on the cheap with a lunch special.

Best of NH 2018 Food Odds & Ends

Here you'll find our suggestion for destination dining you shouldn't miss, the best vegetarian dishes, our readers' favorite new restaurant and much more.

Best of NH 2018 Arts & Culture

Listen to music while taking in gorgeous views, see an independent film, take in a public art exhibit or spend an evening at the symphony.

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.

A taste of the best

Thank you to the following restaurants and businesses who participated in the 2018 Best of NH Party on June 14, 2018.

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
  • Puritan Backroom
  • KC's Rib Shack
  • Hayward's Ice Cream
  • Bonfire Restaurant & Country Bar
  • Tuscan Kitchen
  • 900 Degrees
  • Purple Finch Café
  • Fratello's Italian Grille
  • 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
  • Sal's Pizza
  • Port City Pretzels
  • Gabi's Smoke Shack
  • Amphora Restaurant 
  • Local Baskit
Cocktails, beer and wine sampling by:
  • Hornitos
  • The Wilder
  • Best Damn Iced Tea
  • LaBelle Winery
  • Ancient Fire Mead & Cider
  • Long Blue Cat Brewing Co.
  • Sap House Meadery
  • Barr Hill by Caledonia Spirits
  • Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery
  • Samuel Adams
  • Throwback Brewery
  • 603 Brewery
  • 90+ Cellars
  • Cotton
  • New England Sweetwater Distillery

live Entertainment and music

Thank you to our 2018 Best of NH Party entertainers and musicians:

  • 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!

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