MEATOPIA ONFIRE LONDON 2020
Now in its eighth year, Meatopia has become one of London’s best food festivals, and the stuff of legend for fans of fire-cooking.
Founded in the US by the late, great Josh Ozersky and brought to the UK by a trio of passionate food enthusiasts, Meatopia is a weekend-long love affair with ethically-farmed and responsibly-sourced ingredients from the earth, land and sea, transformed into unique dishes by more than 60 of the world’s best chefs covering a cornucopia of styles and cuisines.
At the heart of Meatopia is the living, breathing, age-old craft of cooking over fire. Our passion for conscious, responsible sourcing extends from ingredients into the fuel for cooking with. Every fire at Meatopia is set with the highest quality, sustainably-sourced wood and charcoal, produced to have a positive impact both on flavour and the environment.
Since the dawn of time, the glow of the fire has drawn us to gather around and eat… so this year we’re celebrating that vital ingredient by putting it at the heart of the festival’s name: Meatopia OnFire, London.
“In scenes straight out of Dickens, smoke billowed from grills in the converted Victorian warehouses as chefs dished up burgers, pulled pork and grilled chicken for the crowds.”
Xanthe Clay, Telegraph
WHERE IS MEATOPIA 2020?
Meatopia takes place each year at the hallowed London location of Tobacco Dock, Shadwell. Built in the early 19th Century as a hub for precious cargo arriving into London from the New World via the river that runs alongside it, the timber frame and brick vaults of Tobacco Dock have witnessed everything from Victorian trade deals and tiger attacks to music festivals and, of course, some of the world’s best live-fire chefs arriving to cook at Meatopia. Today it has a reputation as one of the ultimate event venues in London.
WHEN IS MEATOPIA 2020?
Friday 4th September
5pm — 11pm
Saturday 5th September
12pm — 10pm
Sunday 6th September
12pm — 6pm
At Meatopia 2019, 70 of the world’s best live-fire chefs cooked 57 exclusive dishes over the course of three days, using nothing but sustainable wood and charcoal and responsibly-sourced, quality ingredients — that means meat, fish and veg. Our alumni of chefs include Francis Mallmann, Niklas Ekstedt, Amninder Sandhu, Yotam Ottolenghi, Dave Pynt, Aaron Franklin, Fergus Henderson, and Bryan Furman.
All that smokey, flavour-filled food is thirsty work. Luckily for you, Meatopia has a mind-boggling array of quenching beverages on offer. From meeting the craft brewers in the TAPtopia hall to sinking a few sundowners on the dock, all manner of spirits, cocktails and liquid delights are on offer.
The finest, most sustainably sourced wood and charcoal is the star of the show at Meatopia, so gather around the fire and let your inner cave-person be mesmerised by it. From simple grills to imposing smokers and roaring fire-pits, every method of fire cooking imaginable is on show at Meatopia, and at the helm of the flames are some of the world’s most skilled chefs.
Live musicians, roaming brass bands, DJs and soulful singers can be found in every corner of the festival, and a crowd to go with them. We’ve had everyone from infamous party-starters New York Brass Band to legendary last-man-standing Bez of the Happy Mondays play to our punters, keeping the good vibes
going through day and night.
MEATOPIA IS A WEEKEND-LONG LOVE AFFAIR WITH FOOD, DRINK, FIRE AND MUSIC. THE ULTIMATE BACCHANALIAN PARTY
The legendary on-site newspaper handed to every Meatopian who visits the festival is now online. Feast your eyes, ears, brains and brawn on recipes, news, pieces from the archives and videos live from last
year’s Cutting Room stage here.