Janet Striske's

2000 International
Food & Wine Festival

I have attended several Epcot Food and Wine Festivals and found that this year, there were more change in the food items offered than before. Also, the prices have increased a dollar, so the food costs range from $1 to $4. Most items, however, were $2-$3.

Some of the country kiosks are in different locations this year as well. I walked ALL the way from Canada to the African Outpost where I expect to find the Switzerland and Austria booths...and did not find them!!! All I wanted was chocolate fondue!!! But I kept my head (well almost) and kept going, and finally found it after Mexico...where they had the Caribbean booth last year.

Below is the list of food and wine/beer available in each booth along with a few tasting notes.

Champagne - Perrier Jouet Grand Brut, Mumm Extra Dry, Iron Horse Fairy Tale Millennium Cuvee, Icardi Moscato d'Asti, Cava d'Agusti Torello "Aliguer" Cava, Chocolate Sumptuous Chocolate Samplings,Malvira "Birbet" brachetto and Les Clos des Paulilles Banyuls.

What a way to start the day off!! The map says "sumptuous chocolate samplings", and they offered 3 chocolate covered strawberries (one dipped in dark, one in milk, and the other in white chocolate). They also offered a sponge cake fingers with 3 dipping sauces (again, dark, milk and white chocolate). I did not personally try this one (I was starving and did not need the sugar), but my fellow travelers did and let just say the 3 strawberries did not make it to Canada, which was only 25 feet away!

Greece Pork Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce, Pita Bread, Baklava, Chateau Harlaftis, Fume Domaine Markou Aghiorgitiko, and Athena Beer.

Poland Pierogi and Grilled Kielbasa, Kulebiak, Wawel Polish Honey, and the Wine Parducci Chardonnay.

Canada Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup, Maple Fudge with Walnuts, Maple Glazed Salmon with Wildrice and Cranberry medley, Pelee Island Blanc de Blanc, Peller Estates Pino Gris, Hillebrand Estates Gamay Noir, Hillebrand Estates Trius Icewine, Schoune Maple Pale Ale.

If you are going to Canada for the ice wine, be aware that, for now, it is stuck in customs and they don't have any!!!! However there is the cheese soup. It was good, however I found it more spicier than Le Celliers, and not as cheesy as I remember. My husband was very happy to devour the rest of mine and it was very hard to stop him from going back and getting 2nd and 3rds! He also had the Maple Pale Ale....again he loved it, and I definitely did not. It does not smell like or taste like beer...it is something that needs an acquired taste. The maple fudge was going quick and they often ran out, so if you want a piece get there early or try back a few times.

New Zealand Lamb Chop with Rocket Pesto and Autumn Vegetable Chutney, Kiwi Sprtizer, Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc, Trinity Hill Chardonnay, Brancott Reserve Merlot.

Had the Lamb chop last year and it was very good. I was going to get one this year, however the line was long and we had Priority Seating for Morocco, so we kept going.

Scotland Smoked Salmon with chive potato pancake, Tennents Lager.

We were very disappointed that England was not here, since that meant no Stilton cheese. We were also surprised at the very limited menu available. I think they should have combined Scotland with either Ireland or England (like the did for a few others, such as combining Brazil and Argentina), and increased the menu selection.

International Gateway To Specialty Beers Redhook HefeWeizen, Doc Otis Hard Lemonade, Carlsberg, Cristal, Becks Light, Suny Beaches, Grolsch Lager, Grolsch Amber Ale, Hoegaarden, Leffe Blonde Ale, Cider Jack Raspberry, Corsendonk Brown Double, Shiner Bock, Efes Piles, Red Stripe, Guinness Extra Stout.

If you like beer, it is definately the place to go. But I warn you, you have to know where it is. Since I did not see anything about the beer garden while walking around we had to find it. We usually go to the gateway, however this time we didn't and had NO idea that the beer garden was in that area.

Cognac Remy Red, Gautier Panatela Pineau des Charentes, Sempe V.S.O.P. Armagnac, Germain-Robin XO, Marell Cordon Blue, Maison Surrenne 1946.

Spain and Portugal Gazpacho, Bacalhau A' Acoreana, Aveleda Vinho Verde, Torre La Moreira Albarino, Palacios Reales la Mancha Crianza, Sandeman Tawny Port, Cerveza Alhambra Beer

France Coq au Vin Escargot Provencal Onion Tart Chateau de Montfort Vouvray, Macon Lungy "Les Charmes" Chardonnay, Domaine Tallot-Beaut Chorey Les Beaune Pinot Noir, Chateau Greysac Medoc .

Mediterranean Lamb Kabsa Choukchouka Salad Marrakesh Combo Vichon Mediterranean Chardonnay, Ksar Vin Blanc, Amazir Rouge, Casablanca Beer

Japan Golden Shrimp, Yasai Maki Sushi, Edamame (no card on it...but it is not a hard recipe), Ozeki Sake, Takara Plum Wine

Did not have a chance to taste anything there today, however I did get 3 edamame's from the fast food location in Japan for snacks today and tomorrow....they are perfect for those times when you are hungry but don't want a sugary snack.

Chile Beef Tenderloin with Chilean Salsa and roasted potatoes Marinated Artichokes 35 Sur Sauvignon Blanc, Caliterra Chardonnay, Concha y Toro Merlot, Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon.

United States New England Clam Chowder Key Lime Tart BBQ Chicken Sandwich Michelob Honey Lager, Michelob Amberbock

We were surprised to find out the corn bread is no longer available, it was one of our favorites things. We did not have a chance to eat here since we got there just as "Cookin" let out, so the line was LONG. But, it is something I am definitely going back to check out, especially the BBQ Chicken.

Australia Oysters Outback Lamingtons Penfold Koonunga Hill Semillon-Chardonnay, Jacobs Creek Chardonnay, Black Opal Shiraz, Greg Norman Cabernet-Merlot

Italy Tiramisu Sicilian Pizza (with pepperoni) Chicken and Sausage with Grilled Polenta MezzaCorona Pinot Grigio, Pra Soave Classico Superiore, Franco Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso, Ca'Bianca Barbera d'Asti

I got a slice of the pizza and hubby got the chicken and polenta. We found both good. The chicken and polenta was covered in a rich thick tomato sauce which was excellent. I did not have a chance to taste the polenta, but hubby found it wonderful.

Germany Beef Roulade Apple Strudel Meckenheimer Gewuztraminer Kabinett, Dr. Loosen Riesling, Rothrock Kerner Spatlese, Kallstadter Kobnert Dornfelder.

I had the Dr. Loosen Riesling, which I found good and smooth. Hubby had the Spatlese, which was very similar to the Riesling in taste, but had a more definite punch in the aftertaste. So far last years Riesling is still our favorite.

Africa Sugar Cane Chicken Sticks "Pap" Cake KWV Steen, Laibach Chardonnay, Kumala Pinotage, KWV Roodeberg

China Beijing Lau Bing Cold Sesame Noodles Wontons (with a peanut sauce) Spring Moon White, Akadama Plum Wine, Tsingtao Beer

Very good food. The Beijing Lau Bing were good, although it contained an herb I really didn't like. Hubby loved it so much, that he went back for seconds. The Wontons were served with a peanut sauce. They were interesting, but I think they would be better with soy sauce instead of peanut sauce.

Southeast Asia Chicken Satay Coconut Tart Prawn Crackers with Peanut Sauce Hogue Johannisberg Riesling, Red Dragon Xtreme Beer

Did not stop by and get recipes this time. Last year though, we did get the prawn crackers with peanut sauce.....definately different. The prawn crackers did need something, and the peanut sauce was good with it, but it would not be something I would eat everyday.

Norway Venison Stew Marinated Salmon (Grav Laks) with Lefse Lefse wtih Cinnamon Belvedere Chardonnay, Mirassau Pinot Noir, Bogle Petite Sirah

Russia and Eastern Europe Baba Au Rum Siberian Milkshake Beef Stroganoff Vine Chardonnay, St. Donatus Leanyka, Nostalgie Isabella Semi-Sweet Red, Menada Merlot

Did not have a chance to eat here since where were stuffed from China and the Norwegian bakery, but it did smell WONDERFUL!! Next time, I am definitely going to check out the stroganoff!!!!

Mexico Taco al Carbon Quesadilla Con Chorizo Kids' quesdailla Agua Fresca Flor de Guadalupe Zinfandel, Dos Equis

Brazil and Argentina Cheese Rolls (PAO DE QUEIJO) Grilled Chicken with Farofa Tapiz Chardonnay, Etchart Torrontes, Suter Carbernet Sauvignon, Alta Vista Malbec, Antarctica Beer

Switzerland and Austria Valais Raclette Cheese (served as Raclette with Red Skin Potato, and Raclette with Bundnerfleisch) Chocolate Fondue Lenz Moser MAilberg Gruner Veltliner, Montmollin Neuchatel, Lenz Moser Veerenauslese, Morandell Blaufrankisch

Yum, yum, yum!!! Chocolate Fondue!!! Had 2 of those and they were wonderful! The chocolate is not a milk chocolate nor is it sweet, but it definitely is paired well with the pears slices, apple slice, and strawberry. I can't wait to get some more!

Featured Chef station Chef Sharon Schifano from Epcot's Pasta Piazza Shrimp and Artichoke Pasta

By the time we got here, I was stuffed! But my friend got it and it was gone in less than 2 minutes....and she did not even offer us a bite! She did say it was good though.