If you take a stroll through Portland's Old Port, you'll notice several businesses featuring stickers and plaques declaring them the 'Best Of' in a given category. For years in Portland, the 'Best Of' awards were dished out by the Portland Phoenix before the weekly paper folded operations. In recent years, that responsibility has been taken on by Portland Old Port with the additional of several new and fresh categories to the mix. The 2022 awards season is upon us and Portland Old Port has opened their nominations page.

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The nomination period will last through June 30th and allows anyone and everyone to nominate their favorite individuals and businesses in 130 different categories. After the nominations are set, a first round of voting will begin on July 1st that will run through July 14th. Only the nominated individuals and businesses with the highest vote totals will move onto the final round of voting which begins on July 15th and runs through July 31st. The categories range wide to include restaurants, speciality businesses, activities and even your favorite local media personalities. No pressure to nominate the person writing this article.

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After the final votes are tabulated, Portland Old Port plans to host a 'Best Of' awards party at the Portland House of Music and Events on Tuesday, August 2nd from 5 to 7pm. The party will feature announcements of winners and a chance for local businesspeople to interact. The party will be open to those who would just like to attend, whether nominated or not, with ticket information coming soon.


 

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