Walt Disney World Resort is unveiling a merchandise line during the 2022 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival presented by CORKCICLE.
The collection, which includes an array of kitchenware and apparel, marks the first time Princess Tiana will have her own festival merchandise line.
Through November 19, fans can bring Tiana’s New Orleans-inspired culinary flair to their kitchens with a whimsical assortment of Tiana-themed merchandise.
The collection features items that highlight Tiana’s passion for cooking and the memorable shade of lily pad green used in Princess Tiana’s iconic dress in the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, “The Princess and the Frog.” Items in the collection include an apron, measuring cups, cake stand, spatula, flour sifter, rolling pin, oven mitts, and more.
Celebrity Chef and noted soul food expert Carla Hall came to Walt Disney World to enjoy a few culturally-inspired dishes and to hang out with the Princess.
Among the mouth-watering entrees and dishes on Hall’s “Cooking with Soul’’ tour, she savored the gumbo and beignets at Scat Cat’s Club – Lounge in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort; shrimp ‘n grits and mac & cheese at Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ in Disney Springs. “The variety [of food] ran the gamut,” said Hall. “[We tried] not only food from the States, and different parts of America, but also internationally and into Africa.” After the “Cooking with Soul” food tour, Hall and Disney chef Douglas James led a special cooking demonstration.
Chef Douglas made lamb chops and collard greens that were paired with wines from the McBride Sisters Wine Company, a minority-owned business. The cooking demonstration capped off Hall’s experience of “Cooking with Soul,” which was created to be a celebration of the soulful history of ingredients, flavors and recipes of Walt Disney World Resort, among other things. Hall is an accomplished chef, best-selling author and television personality often recognized as a competitor on Top Chef and Top Chef: All Stars and as the former co-host of ABC’s The Chew. She is currently a culinary contributor on Good Morning America.
The EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is a delicious celebration that runs through November 19, 2022. The festival invites guests to embark on a tasty tour across six continents with a menu of new flavors and sips, along with live entertainment, family activities and more. To experience the festival, guests must have both valid admission and a park reservation for EPCOT on the same date.
For more information, visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/epcot-international-food-and-wine-festival/.
Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is the Entertainment Editor for the Chicago Crusader. She is a National Newspaper Publishers Association ‘Entertainment Writing’ award winner, contributor to “Rust Belt Chicago” and the author of “Old School Adventures from Englewood: South Side of Chicago.” For info, Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago (lulu.com) or email: [email protected].