What is Best of?

Entering its 27th year, the Best Of Bakersfield Readers’ Choice Poll showcases the people, places and things that make Kern County truly unique.

Best Of certificates are displayed proudly on windows, walls and offices like badges of honor earned after countless hours, days, weeks and years serving the community.

To be named a “Best Of” winner or favorite is to be among elite company – a distinction granted by the people who call this place home.

Each year brings anticipation and excitement, from the nomination process, voting to determine the top three, all the way to the big reveal. Will giants be dethroned? Is this the year a longtime favorite claims the title of winner? Will a newcomer catch everyone by surprise?

You decide.



The Best Of Bakersfield Readers’ Choice Poll voting will start January 20, 2020 and end February 16, 2020. During this stage, participants chose from the nominees to determine the winners and favorites that will be published in the Best Of issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine that comes out in May.

Businesses, get ready to promote!

Best Of is a tough competition and sometimes it takes a little campaigning to get the votes. Use the following Vote for Us logo, in print and web versions, to encourage family, friends and patrons to vote for you.

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