MANCHESTER — The 18th annual Best of NH Party takes over Northeast Delta Dental Stadium tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The event doubles as a benefit for the Best of NH Party’s new nonprofit partner, CASA New Hampshire. The party will feature culinary stations, live music, including a performance by “American Idol” contestant Evelyn Cormier of Claremont, giveaways and a fireworks display.
The list of 265 “Best of NH” winners from the around the state includes picks for everything from best burger, top pet grooming shop to favorite yoga studio and music venue.
Food and beverage samples will 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, wine from LaBelle Winery and margaritas from Hermano’s Cocina Mexicana.
One lucky partygoer will walk away with an all-inclusive, one-week vacation for four to Rockyworld-Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness — valued at up to $5,500.
Throughout the stadium, aerialists, jugglers, puppeteers and a roving magician will entertain crowds. Musicians Paul Nelson and Clint Lapointe will perform on the acoustic stage, and the Cold River Radio Revue Main Stage — under the direction of bandleader Jonathan Sarty — will feature a variety of talent.
The Rocking Horse Music Club, a songwriting, producing and performing collaboration, will feature performances by Cormier, known for her Top 11 slot on Season 17 of “American Idol,” along with former Miss New Hampshire Caroline Carter (2016).
In addition, Granite State fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki, a nationally touring artist whose Celtic music can be heard on radio stations in Ireland and Scotland as well as around New England, will play for visitors.
Plus, Joe Deleault, an award-winning international performer, composer and session pianist who is composing with Academy Award winner Ernest Thompson, will perform. Deleault’s recording credits include Jon Bon Jovi, Carly Simon and Joan Osborne.
Winners were determined by an online poll organized by New Hamsphire Magazine. For a list of local restaurants, wineries, breweries and distilleries participating at the party, go to.bestofnh.com. Tickets are $55-$65; cost for children ages 4 to 12 are $19 per child. It’s free for children under 4.