Yes, the two annual Passport DC embassy open-house weekends -- Around the World on Saturday, and the European Union on May 11 -- are culturally enriching events that celebrate diplomacy. But the real reason everyone loves them so much is because if you play it right, the day is an all-you-can-eat buffet. With booze! Amid the company of alpacas!
There's often-delicious free ethnic food at many of the embassies if you're willing to wait in line for it, and know where to look (and veteran attendees know that a long line is usually a good indication of an embassy having food). To help you navigate, Passport DC plans to launch an mobile site on Saturday that will give you information about each embassy and country via QR codes.
But to help you plan your snacks, we got an early list of each embassy's plans for the day, which hints at where you'll be able to eat and drink. Here's a list of all of the embassies that mentioned food and/or drinks. Some embassies run out quickly, so if you want a taste, it's best to get an early start.
Embassy of Australia: "Sample vegemite and other popular Aussie treats..." Depending on your feelings about vegemite, this is one to either attend or avoid.
Embassy of Barbados: "Enjoy an exciting opportunity to sample our culture, cuisine, and liquid sunshine (rum)." Yes, a must-visit.
Embassy of Belize: "Food, drinks, music, tourism brochures."
Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia: Food, and it's likely to be related to "The International Year of Quinoa," which gets a shout-out in their plans.
Embassy of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire: "Dance, tour, exhibit, music, food and a presentation."
Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica: A "sampling of fine cuisine and drink."
Embassy of the Dominican Republic: "Food, images, music and a welcoming staff will transport you to our island during your visit."
Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia: Food, plus "Experience [a] traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony from the birth place of the coffee bean."
Embassy of the Republic of Haiti, doing it right: "Feed your taste buds with flaky chicken pastries and our world famous rum punch. Fair-trade Haitian coffee will also be served in the morning!"
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic: Crafts, souvenirs and food.
Embassy of Nepal: "Nepalese food, music, and exhibitions."
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: "Experience Pakistani culture with exotic foods, garments, accessories, films, documentaries and a musical performance."
Embassy of Peru: "Cooking and pisco sour lessons and tasting." Another very important attraction: live alpacas.
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia: "Fashion show ... food and drinks, giveaways, name writing in Arabic, and arts and crafts."
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa: Wine tasting and a taste of South African cuisine.
Embassy of Sri Lanka: Ceylon tea and an "Authentic culinary spread."
Embassy of St. Kitts and Nevis: Rum tasting! Also, steel drums.
Royal Thai Embassy: Thai food and desserts.
Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago: More steel drummers, and "culinary delights."
Embassy of Ukraine: "Tasting of traditional Ukrainian food prepared by the Embassy's Chef."
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela: "Traditional Venezuelan juice tasting."