Day: August 30, 2021

A look inside this year’s Champlain Valley Fair

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) – The “10 best days of summer” are going strong at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction. This is day four of the fun.

Of course, fair food is always popular, but it’s not the only attraction.

I found a tent full of puppies! There are also the Mackenzie Racing Pigs, petting zoos, agricultural displays and even a whoopie pie contest. And of course, all your favorite fair rides. There are plenty of other things to check out as well.

I found one awfully fly attraction– the parakeet tent. For $3 you can go in and meet your new best friend.

While many may associate the fair with agriculture, there are many more animals than just cows to be found here.

I also ventured into the exotic animals tent put on by Eudora Farms. They say it’s an interactive, educational exhibit that’s fun for the

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Sharing Chinese Herbal Soups and Teas, Steeped in Tradition

This story is part of Best Health’s Preservation series, which spotlights wellness businesses and practices rooted in culture, community and history. 



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© Image: kyth + kyn founder Vivian Man


Vivian Man grew up in Hong Kong and in her home, Chinese broths, herbal soups and dessert soups were frequently on the menu. The recipes, often made by her mother or grandparents, changed with the seasons. In the summer, aunties came over with bottles of chrysanthemum tea with goji berries, ingredients for cooling teas that help combat internal heat. In the winter months, there would be ginseng and warming herbs, mixes to help boost the immune system.

Man’s family moved from Hong Kong to Canada when she was seven and eventually she began learning to make her mom’s healing soups at their home in Vancouver. These herbal recipes played a huge role in Man’s family’s health and wellbeing, and as

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