Photographing the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Food & Wine Festival opened this week at Epcot. Here are some photos I took at last year’s festival. No food photos as much of it changes from year to year. To see what is on the menus this year, visit the All Ears 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival informational page.

Like the Spring Flower and Garden Festival, topiaries are a part of Food and Wine. Disney Imagineers like to change it up from year to year so you might find different topiaries or ones in different locations. Last year, as I got close to entering World Showcase near The Imagination Pavilion, Figment was there to greet me in his chef’s attire.

Figment topiary welcoming guests to the 2017 Food & Wine Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Figment welcoming guests to the 2017 Food & Wine Festival.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 66mm Focal Length, Skylum Intensify CK.

As I worked my way around World Showcase, I came upon the Mickey Mouse as Grill Master topiary. I bet he grills a good burger!

Mickey Mouse grill topiary on display during the 2017 Food and Wine Festival in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Mickey Mouse got his grill out for the 2017 Food and Wine Festival.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 66mm Focal Length, Skylum Intensify CK.

You will notice in the metadata, I used Skylum’s Intensify CK to help in processing them. The Sun was in a tough position for both of these photos as it was behind them. Intensify CK allowed me to pull out the deep shadows with a filter called HDR Soft.

What is a food festival without cake? While these might be a bit tough to bite into, they are very colorful and cheerful.

Cake decorations for the 2017 Food and Wine Festival at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Cake decorations for the 2017 Food and Wine Festival.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Last year I had a lot of fun searching and finding Remy in his Ratatouille Hide and Squeak. If you attend this year’s festival, you will have your chance as Disney is bringing it back. Again, I bet Remy will be found in different locations than last year but, just in case, I will not divulge where I took this photo.

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Remy’s Ratatouille Hide and Squeak at the 2017 Food and Wine Festival.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/400s, f/5, ISO 100, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length, Cropped.

Hope this gives you a taste of what you will see at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.





Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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