A Social Gal’s Review:
It was definitely a hot Havana night at the Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Best of Party! This shindig which happens every summer features the winners of the Best of contest which takes place in the months prior to! Magazine readers are given the opportunity to nominate then vote for the best of in every category from boutiques to restaurants, cleaning services, wineries, radio personalities and more! All of the winners, guests and the public are invited to the ticketed event which celebrates all that is great about Hampton Roads! It’s a party that brings together so many favorite local businesses and people for a fun evening of celebrations!
Each year, the party is given a theme so party goers can adorn themselves in festive wares and be ready for a night of fun! Every year and I’ve been for the past three in a row now, I am impressed with what CoVa Mag is able to do with the space in terms of decor! This year’s theme was Hot Havana Nights and the decor featured a massive photo op Havana sign, a stage equipped with Havana scenery plus an amazing band, dancers, fedoras on every table and many photo opportunities! Additionally, guests could pose with one another against the green screen to be featured on the cover of CoVa Mag for their own printed photos plus there was the option to sit for complimentary caricatures! Guests could even go all in while taking part in a game of faux poker or roulette! Talk about fun!
Obviously one of the best things about the event is that they bring together as many restaurant winners from various categories together to serve party guests delicious samples of their best dishes! We tasted pasta, bbq, cupcakes, pineapple upside down cake, bison, sandwiches, meatballs, chicken, ice cream and more from many great spots! The food is always a highlight of the event and this year did not disappoint in any way! A bonus perk this year was that tickets included one drink per person and guests would choose from a selection of beer or Williamsburg Winery rose! A full cash bar is always a part of the party and a popular one at that!
From food tastings to tons of entertainment, a room full of winners, guests and party goers alike, the Coastal Virginia Magazine Best of Party is really one of the best parties of summer! I always look forward to this event because I know I will get to taste delicious food, take tons of photos, have fun getting dressed to fit the theme and see many of my favorite businesses celebrating their wins! Until next year, Best of!