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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

Americans who have been to France and come home craving a reminder of their magical European experience, love Vermont cheeses.
—Allison Hooper, founder, VT Butter & Cheese Creamery

Practice not cleaning your plate: it will help you eat less in short term and develop self-control in the long term.
—Michael Pollan

Sweet taste buds develop before all others, that’s why small children love sweets.
—Bronwyn Dunne

Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of milk.
—Michael Pollan

My rule of thumb is, when in doubt, cook more than you think you may need.
—Marian Cunningham, from Learning to Cook


Sum sum summertime = Champlain Valley Fair

Corrie Austin is new to Vermont and new to the excitement and challenge of the Vermont food world. She’s jumped in with both feet, a transplant from another great food region, Portland, Oregon.

With the fair now behind us, we must accept that summer has also passed us by, which bums me out.  However, as a newcomer to Vermont, who has not spent a fall here, I am told that saying goodbye to summer means we say hello to everyone’s favorite season: FALL.  Maybe I will feel that way when I am engrossed in autumn splendor…but for now, I say a sad farewell to summer.

Being as this was my first Champlain Valley Fair experience, I was glad to be hosted by my in-law local-experts.  They made sure we got the best food from the best place: Al’s French Frys.  There are signs for fries ALL OVER the fair.  If you didn’t know any better, you might be lured by lower prices or flashy signs. But really, one would be remiss to visit the fair and not indulge in a pint of Al’s fries.  Pair it with a burger, hot-dog, or GIANT sausage, and call it a meal!

I opted for the sausage: a honking-hugely plump, greasy sausage.  My sister-in-law pointed, “that’s your sausage.”

The guy serving it literally commented, “have fun with that,” as he handed it to me.  Ummm….thank you, I will?  

As if this gastric experience wasn’t enough, the maple shack offers something truly delicious for those with a taste for maple.  Spun gold is as magical as it sounds.  After turning maple syrup into maple sugar, they heat and spin it like cotton candy.  Its pure maple.  I felt like kid again, and somehow dignified knowing it is maple

We finished our day with a couple stomach-turning rides, satisfying the kid inside.  Oh sum sum summertime, until next year, I will cherish this memory of childish indulgence.

Comment below with your favorite fair foods and memories!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

Posted: 9-16-2017

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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With the fair now behind us, we must accept that summer has also passed us by, which bums me out.  However, as a newcomer to Vermont, who has not spent a fall here, I am told that saying goodbye to summer means we say hello to everyone's favorite season: FALL.  Maybe I will feel that way when I am engrossed in autumn splendor...but for now, I say a sad farewell to summer. Being as this was my first Champlain Valley Fair experience, I was glad to be hosted by my in-law local-experts.  They made sure we got the best food from the best place: Al's French Frys.  There are signs for fries ALL OVER the fair.  If you didn't know any better, you might be lured by lower prices or flashy signs. But really, one would be remiss to visit the fair and not indulge in a pint of Al's fries.  Pair it with a burger, hot-dog, or GIANT sausage, and call it a meal! I opted for the sausage: a honking-hugely plump, greasy sausage.  My sister-in-law pointed, "that's your sausage." The guy serving it literally commented, "have fun with that," as he handed it to me.  Ummm....thank you, I will?   As if this gastric experience wasn't enough, the maple shack offers something truly delicious for those with a taste for maple.  Spun gold is as magical as it sounds.  After turning maple syrup into maple sugar, they heat and spin it like cotton candy.  Its pure maple.  I felt like kid again, and somehow dignified knowing it is maple... We finished our day with a couple stomach-turning rides, satisfying the kid inside.  Oh sum sum summertime, until next year, I will cherish this memory of childish indulgence. Comment below with your favorite fair foods and memories!

Until next time,

Corrie Austin

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7 responses to “Sum sum summertime = Champlain Valley Fair”

  1. Ah, Corrie, you nailed the Champlain Valley Fair for sure!

  2. Patrick Kutkey says:

    Looks good but nothing can touch the Puyallup Fair Krusty Pup.

  3. Kellie Kutkey says:

    I spent my kid years at the King County Fair. As such I ate cotton candy, but when I got older it was the Puyallup Fair and then it was a MUST to get scones with raspberry jam ?

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