Advice from a Disney Food Festival Guru
Marianne Hunnel, currently the content development manager for Disney’s park events operations team, has been with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts since 1989. During her time with the company, she has served as a chef, food and beverage consultant manager, and culinary program manager for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In 2009, her role evolved to include culinary and beverage program and seminar logistics, festival wine shop logistics, and the beverage selection and pairings for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Marketplace selection. Now, she is focused on culinary and beverage seminar and event content and all the programming logistics affiliated with these sessions in relation to Epcot’s four main international festivals, the Festival of the Arts in the winter, the Flower & Garden Festival in the spring, the 75-day Food & Wine Festival in the late summer/fall, and the Festival of the Holidays at the end of the year. We spoke to Hunnel about what guests are really after at these festival food experiences and imagined how best to apply this to the world of restaurants.