For those of you who have never been to Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival, let me explain!
The part of Epcot known as The World Showcase becomes this fantastic festival from (roughly) the end of September through the middle of November. In addition to the countries that a permanent part of the showcase (Mexico, China, Germany, Italy, USA (to name a few), additional kiosks are put up in (relatively correct) geographic arrangements around the showcase. Each represented country provides tapas-size portions of food and desserts, as well as beer, wine, and/or a signature cocktail. Non-alcoholic drinks are often provided as well (such as iced mint tea or smoothies). The cost of each item ranges from $3 or so up to as much as $10 (France being the most expensive country; are we surprised?) In addition to the special kiosks, the regular countries have their standard food/beverages available as well (such as Mexican food in Mexico, margaritas, Dos Equis, etc.)
So, the idea is to wander around the world and taste different foods, wines, etc. that you might not otherwise ever get the chance to try. Or, get your all-times favorites, it really doesn't matter so long as you have fun doing it!
In addition to the food, there are usually wine and beer tastings, free samples of some countries speciality import (this year Italy had an olive oil tasting), seminars on a variety of culinary topics, live music, shows, shops to browse in, restaurants (including a world class sushi bar in Japan) and good old fashioned people watching. For a (substantial) extra fee, one can make an RSVP to attend a Wine Maker Dinner; wines of note paired with meals prepared in real time by such famous chefs as Bobby Flay.
Following is a summary of most of what we ate/drank/did while at the festival this year. Keep in mind we went four days, so, we didn't do it all in one day! Also, it is 1.3 miles around the world; we went at least twice, if not three times, every day we were there. It took us about 2 hours per trip (a bit less when it was just the two of us).
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Beef Empanada with Tomato Salsa
Mexico City, Mexico
Corn Tortilla Filled with Shredded Pork and Purple Onions
Corn Tortilla with Chipotle Chicken
Quesadilla con Chorizo
Dos Equis Beer
Fiesta Margarita (as in, I had one of these each day, first thing!)
Taste of Spain -- Serrano Ham, Chorizo, Manchego, Olives
Grilled Chicken with Cumin and Traditional Northwestern Chicken Spices
Ginger Mango Rita (with vodka and rum)
Cape Town, South Africa
Mealie Soup with Crabmeat and Chili Oil
Seared Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Puree and Mango BBQ Sauce
Nuernberger Sausage on a Pretzel Roll
Paprika Beef Stew with Bacon Dumpling
Hops and Barley (US)
Boston-style Crab Cake with Cabbage Slaw and Remoulade
New England Lobster Roll
Sam Adams Beer Tasting and LOTS of Sam Adams, in general
New Orleans, USA
Spicy Cajun Crawfish and Vegetable Stew
Chicken and Andouille Gumbo
Abita Amber Beer
Beef Kefta Pita Pocket
Tangerine Mimosa Royale
Grand Marnier Orange Slushy
BEER BEER BEER (e.g., Strongbow, Boddington's)
Lobster and Scallop Fisherman's Pie (Mr. B says this was the best thing he had the entire time)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Bacardi Frozen Mojito
YUM YUM YUM
I wish we could go back RIGHT NOW!