Dear Meatopians,

It is with very heavy hearts that we must announce that Meatopia OnFire 2020 will be postponed until 2021. Even though September is still a few months away, for the safety of everyone involved, we feel this is the right decision. We hope you understand and agree. Just a few months ago, planning was in full swing and the idea of postponing the event was unthinkable… but nobody could have predicted the position in which we find ourselves today.

Meatopia OnFire 2021 will take place from 3rd – 5th September 2021. Planning is underway and we look forward to making up for lost time. We can’t wait to have you all there with us for a celebration of food, fire, drink and music.

The good news is that those of you who have tickets for 2020 and wish to attend the festival in 2021 will be able to automatically roll-over your ticket. If you can do this, it would be a great help towards supporting the festival’s future, and as a thank-you, all 2020 ticket holders will get their first dish on us*. If you don’t wish to roll your ticket over to 2021, please contact our ticketing partner See Tickets for a refund** — but do be patient with them, as they’re dealing with a lot of changes at the moment.

Meatopia is founded on principles of great hospitality, and although our industry has been devastated across the globe there are many hospitality businesses doing amazing things right now to keep themselves, the key workers, and their customers going during the pandemic. Please support your local independent businesses as much as possible so that they have a chance of surviving this strange and uncertain time.

Finally, we’d like to thank all of you incredible people who come to Tobacco Dock to party with us each year. The festival is a team effort and everyone involved is motivated by those who make it so special: all of you. We’re determined that your summer doesn’t pass by without you getting to experience some of what #Meatopia2020 was serving up, so fire up the grill or stoke up the smoker and stay tuned for some meaty content coming your way in the next few weeks.

Until we meet again… keep the spirit of Meatopia alive in your hearts and bellies. Most of all, please stay safe, and please stay home.

See you at #Meatopia2021.

*Seetickets will be in touch with a voucher for your complimentary dish before the event.
**Refunds can be requested up until the 8th of September 2020.

“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

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.


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.


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