ICYMI: After Two Years, Shaheen Welcomes Back NH Vendors for 11th Annual Experience New Hampshire

June 10, 2022

**Watch highlights from the event here**

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released a video highlighting the 11th annual Experience New Hampshire reception, where Granite State businesses, restaurants, and vendors from around the state showcased their products and services, including New Hampshire beer, wines and specialty foods, for policymakers and government officials in Washington. This was the first Experience New Hampshire event since 2019 and marks the New Hampshire State Society’s 11th anniversary of hosting the reception.

“I was so thrilled for the return of Experience New Hampshire for the first time in two years. From sweet treats and drinks to services and educational opportunities, it was wonderful to share and show off all our state has to offer with lawmakers and other stakeholders in our nation’s capital,” said Senator Shaheen. “It’s always a joy to help show Washington what makes the Granite State so special. I want to thank the New Hampshire State Society, the participating vendors and everyone who helped make this day happen.”

A wide array of Granite State businesses, organizations and vendors participated in the event this year. Below are a few testimonials from this year’s Experience New Hampshire event.

“As a born and bred New Hampshire resident, I am very proud of my state and I am proud to represent Loon Chocolate here in DC,” said Scott Watson Founder of Loon Chocolate.

“We are super excited to be here at Experience New Hampshire in DC. After the last two years of being secluded because of the pandemic, it’s nice to be here to meet new people that we can hopefully bring up to the Seacoast to show them what the Seacoast is all about,” Jilan Hall-Johnson, Owner & Britnie Lia, Director of Operations of The Sassy Biscuit Company.

At the Experience New Hampshire reception, guests enjoyed gourmet foods and drinks from restaurants, vineyards, breweries and culinary training programs from across the state, while also learning more about cultural and tourism opportunities in New Hampshire. The event, which took place in the Kennedy Caucus Room in the Russell Senate Office Building, drew attendees including the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) – alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT) and other federal government officials.

Participating businesses this year included: Javanese Coffee, Granite State Candy Shoppe, Lindt & Sprungli (USA) Inc., Loon Chocolates, New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, Nuttin Ordinary, Port City Pretzels, Stonyfield, the New Hampshire Food Bank, The Sassy Biscuit Co., Anheuser Busch, Brew NH, Great North Aleworks, LaBelle Winery, Moonlight Meadery & Hidden Moon Brewing, White Birch Brewing, Throwback Brewery, Stoneface Brewing Co., Smoky Quartz Distillery, Rockingham Brewing Company, New Hampshire Furniture Masters, New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm’s, New Hampshire Travel and Tourism, White Mountain Attractions Association, AM-Designs, New Hampshire the Beautiful, New England Barrel Company, New England Sweetwater Farm & Distillery, Republic of Indian Stream, Tuckerman Brewing Company, Woodstock Inn Brewery, Old Farmer’s Almanac, Echo Farm Puddings and more.

To see more footage from this year’s Experience New Hampshire, view a highlights reel here.

Earlier in the day, Shaheen hosted her annual New Hampshire Business Day luncheon with Granite State small business leaders, providing them an opportunity to hear directly from government leaders and key congressional officials about federal programs and agencies that offer support to businesses. Speakers at the luncheon included Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), White House Senior Advisor and Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Anne Milgram, Council of Economic Advisors member Jared Bernstein, Anchor and Chief National Affairs Analyst at CNN Kasie Hunt and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, and Director of the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Dr. Laurie Locascio.

EXNH Business Luncheon

Shaheen speaks to New Hampshire businesses at annual luncheon

Locascio EXNH Luncheon

Dr. Laurie Locascio speaks at luncheon