ROCKPORT – For the first time since 2019, the Knox County Best of the Best Gala will occur at the Samoset Resort Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

“We are very excited to be back at the Samoset after two years,” said Heidi Brown, MaineStay Media Executive Administrator of Sales and Marketing.

This showcase will include 80 tables featuring local organizations and businesses, many of them winners in the competition categories. In addition to a silent auction, this event tends to include free samples of food from local restaurants as well as gift bags and giveaways.

The Gala, put on by the parent company of VillageSoup, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Free Press, is in its 19th year. The event raises money for nonprofit One Community Many Voices.

In this year’s Best of the Best competition, 1,500 local residents and readers cast their votes for their favorite local groups, businesses and organizations.

The coveted Best of the Best Business of the Year award for 2022 goes to New World Organics in Rockland.