It isn’t a good time to be vegetarian right now. Everywhere you look — meat. There’s the much-anticipated (and completely sold out) Tweat Up celebration of National Burger Day. And that’s closely followed by Meatopia — a ‘bacchanal of pork, beef, lamb, chicken, duck, turkey and quail’. Tofu clearly needs to appoint itself a new PR company.
Described as a ‘meat lover’s paradise’ (New York Magazine), Meatopia is a celebration of BBQing, smoking and grilling. It’s a ‘rare breed’ food event, started in the US (above) but it’s set to become a serious fixture in the British calendar, with chefs such as St John’s Fergus Henderson, Gizzi Erskine, and Pitt Cue’s Tom Adams creating bespoke recipes for the event.
With just three weeks to go, today saw the release of some of the dishes that punters can expect when the event takes place at London’s Tobacco Dock. Trust me — by the end you’ll be sweating gravy.
Richard Turner, Hawksmoor
Charcoal Grilled Deckle Steak with Anchovy Butter
Grilled Korean Free Range Chicken Wings, charcoal grilled, served with smashed cucumber
Chris Hastings, Hot & Hot Fish Club (Alabama)
Grilled free range Chicken with McEwen and Sons Crimson Grits with Smoked Chicken, Stone Fruits andVerjus
Martin Morales, Ceviche
Corazon Andino (Ox Heart of the Andes). Tender beef heart marinated in Panca chilli, served with Huacatay sauce and Yucca chips
Dan Doherty, Duck & Waffle
BBQ pigs head. Boned rolled Korean style pigs head with truffle slaw
Beau Myers, Almost Famous
The Run BMC Burger (Beefy Munch Crunch). A chuck, marrow and brisket patty with BBQ salt n pepper pretzel beef rib, pork crackling, crumbled beef monster munch, peppercorn mustard cream mayo and a tangy beef stock beer BBQ jus dip
How to book: www.meatopia.co.uk
Tobacco Dock is at 50 Porters Walk London, Greater London E1W 2SF