Meatopia was a staple of New York City until the crew behind it decided people east of the Atlantic deserved to experience what the epic food festival is all about. For the last six years it has been celebrated annually in London, and in 2017 it finally made its way to the home of Guinness in historic Dublin 8.
From July 5-7 the third annual GUINNESS X MEATOPIA will transform the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, home to beer innovation and experimentation at St. James’s Gate, into a festival devoted to beer, food, fire and music.
But there’s a twist this year. Get this. The chefs and brewers have challenged each other to create and match unique brews and dishes. These special pairings will be available exclusively and for one weekend only at this event.
The chefs who’ll be firing up the grills include David Thomas, the man behind Baltimore’s Ida B’s Table, Anna Haugh, the Dublin-born head chef behind Myrtle Restaurant in London, Malcolm Lee, head chef at Candlenut restaurant in Singapore, Gráinne O’Keefe, head chef at the Michelin bib gourmand-awarded Clanbrassil House just around the corner, Will Bowlby, head chef of London’s Kricket restaurant, and James Cochran, the head chef behind London’s 12:51. With more mega chefs still to be announced, our tummies are starting to rumble.
The chefs from home and away will come together with the Guinness brewers, confident in their differences, collaborative in their approach. Local seasonal ingredients will take centre stage and feature in the signature dishes and beers unique to this festival weekend only. In true Meatopia style, all dishes will use the very best quality, ethically-sourced Irish meat grilled or smoked over sustainable wood and charcoal. There’ll be lots of great small batch beers on tap too. And for the many fans of the black stuff, there’ll be pints of Guinness Draught to accompany the one-off dishes on the menu. Sounds yum.
As well as the chefs, there’ll be live talks on Meatopia’s Cutting Room Stage where connoisseurs from the worlds of beer, food and fire will share an insight into their passions. Chef Anna Haugh will discuss the rise of modern Irish cuisine and chef David Thomas will talk about the evolution of Soul Food. And as day turns into night there’ll also be a packed programme of live music and entertainment. See you on the dance floor.
GUINNESS X MEATOPIA will take place at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, on Friday July 5 from 6pm to 10pm, Saturday July 6 from 2pm to 10pm and Sunday July 7 from 1pm to 7pm. Tickets starting at €59.50 are on sale now.
The ticket price includes access to GUINNESS X MEATOPIA, experiencing the full programme of interactive talks and the line-up of live music acts, as well as five unique dishes paired with matched taster beers, plus a pint of choice from the beers available for the festival weekend only. Get them here before they’re gone.
Over 18s only.
Please enjoy Guinness responsibly.
For more information visit www.drinkaware.ie