Snack Photography at EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival

EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival features the best snacks in the world. With more plans for food booths at other EPCOT festivals in the immediate future, let us take a look at how to photograph these delicious treats.

This year, Flavors From Fire joined the festival for the first time. My daughter had read about their S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon. Before I let her bite in, I found a good background for a close up.

S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon
S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon found at the Flavors Fire during Epcot’s International Food & Wines Festival in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 65mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

Notice I used Fill Flash to even out the shadows on a bright Florida day. While photos of food items are always nice, I like to include people, too.

Woman with S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon
Young woman with her S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon found at the Flavors Fire during Epcot’s International Food & Wines Festival in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV 0, 31mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

This gives you an idea of the size of the snack. My daughter said the S’mores Whoopie Pie-lon was fantastic if not a bit messy.

Some of the food items were moved into World Showplace between Canada and the United Kingdom. There we found the Desserts & Champagne Booth featuring a very unique snack.

Freezing Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops
Food Technician after fast freezing Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops into liquid nitrogen at the World Showplace of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/40s, f/5.6, ISO 2000, EV 0, 78mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pops are created by dipping a cake covered in melted Twix into a vat of liquid nitrogen by a Food Technician. To make sure I got the liquid nitrogen in the air, I dragged my shutter at 1/40th of a second and bounced flash off the ceiling to put light on the technician causing the background to go black.

The result was deemed delicious by my taste testing daughter.

Eating Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pop
Young woman with her Liquid Nitro Chocolate Cake Pop inside the World Showplace of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, September 22, 2020. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 640, EV 0, 30mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

What are some of your favorite foods and snacks from the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival?

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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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