This September, carnivore connoisseur Richard Turner (the man behind Hawksmoor and Pitt Cue Co.) will be bringing one of America’s biggest meat and BBQ festivals to London. Meatopia – informally known as the ‘Woodstock of edible animals’ started in New York back in 2007 as an invite-only book launch, organised by TIME magazine’s food writer Josh Ozersky. Since then it has grown and grown to become something of an essential visit for all lovers of large-scale meat cookouts. Our brothers at US Esquire are long-time advocates as this report from the 2012 Meatopia testifies.
Meatopia is essentially a festival of BBQing, smoking and grilling. For this first British version, chefs including St John’s Fergus Henderson, Gizzi Erskine and Pitt Cue’s Tom Adams will be producing handy ‘tasting’ size portions down at Tobacco Dock, which means guests can try as many as feasibly possible. Very sensible. There’ll be plenty of craft beers, aged spirits and wine to wash it all down, as well as live performances, bands and DJs should you ever need a break from chowiing down on flesh.
Tickets are priced at £45 per person, which includes tokens for two taster dishes and two drinks. But if you want the true meat feast experience, Esquire recommends you purchase the £85 tickets, which will get you six taster dishes and six drinks as well as express queuing and a Meatopia goodie bag. Tickets are available at seetickets.com. Bring on the meat sweats.
Tobacco Dock is at 50 Porters Walk London, Greater London E1W 2SF
Also read our guide to the coolest BBQs around.