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We Visited Meatopia Festival (Lateshift) 2018

September 4, 2018

Marking its sixth annual event in the UK, starting Friday 31 August is the first day of the three day festival Meatopia. “Meatopia is a festival of high quality, ethically sourced meat, all cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s leading top chefs”.

Founded in the US by the late great Josh Ozersky and brought to the UK by chef Richard H Turner, Meatopia is a festival of high quality, ethically sourced meat, all cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal by some of the world’s leading top chefs. A weekend-long love affair of meat, drink, fire and music, Meatopia UK has become a legendary event for food lovers.

I went to to the Friday night adults only day of the event. Entrance tickets are £22.50 each (for the friday – Saturday is £30+ and Sunday was £30). “Meatbucks” are £4.50 each, which can be pre-purchased or bought once you’re in. Or both, like we did, because ya know, too much tasty food on offer… One meatbuck will get you a sample from any of the chefs. All the beer on offer from the breweries was a fixed price of £4.50 (I think, we “tasted” plenty)

Meatopia Lateshift banner showing the date and opening times

Graphic: Meatopia

Pav Costa (not looking at the camera), head chef of Hawksmoor Spitalfields. I think this team were having a good time!

The first taster was from chef Stephane Balluet, considered the best Meat Master in Europe. His restaurant was nominated for the award for the best meat restaurant in France. This was essentially a Caesar salad but with steak rather than chicken. A substitution that totally works!

Open BBQs everywhere! Everything I wore heavily smells of smoke now…

Chef Jose Pizarro, the “Godfather of Spanish cooking in the UK”. His restaurant, Jose Pizarro in London has a Michelin plate award.

“José Pizarro worked in the award – winning Meson de Doña Filo in Madrid before coming to London. He then cooked with, and was inspired by the Eyre Brothers, before he co – founded the Brindisa restaurants. Pizarro opened his first solo venture, José Tapas Bar in 2011, quickly followed by Pizarro Restaurant later that year. In May 2015 José opened his eargerly awaited third restaurant in the new Broadgate Circle development in the heart of the City.” (https://josepizarro.com)

By far the most popular food stall was the cheeseburger sausages from Sam Bryant. I think if you’re going to do cheeseburger sausages and then combine it with pickles and coal melted raclette, you should expect the biggest queues. I loved it.

Sam is the head chef for the restaurant he opened in Peckham, The Coal Rooms. You can also read an interview with Sam.

Live music from The “legendary” Cuban Brothers. Funk, soul and cheesy comedy.

Overall this was a really great evening. Great food from great chefs. Queues weren’t too bad and a big selection of craft beer. I’ll definitely be going again next year and would it to fellow meat lovers!

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