Meatopia 2016:the carnivore's dream food festival returns to Tobacco Dock

Back for a fourth year, Meatopia is a three-day weekend showcasing the capital's best meat. From top chefs offering their secrets to DJ sets, there's something for everyone to sink their teeth into...

Founded by chef Richard H Turner of steak restaurant Hawksmoor and US Meatopia founder Josh Ozersky, the festival prides itself on its ethically sourced meat, cooked over ethically sourced wood and charcoal.

Setting up home in Wapping from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4, Meatopia is an extravaganza of meat, fire, music and, of course, drinking.

Who are the chefs to watch out for?
New this year, Angie Mar will be flying over from her New York restaurant The Beatrice Inn, famous for the exclusive "secret burger". Luke Holder, the co-head chef at the New Forest's Lime Wood hotel, will also be making his debut. 

Also joining the heavyweight line-up of 40 chefs are Israeli-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi, Duck & Waffle's executive chef Dan Doherty, the chef behind Bad Egg and Smokehouse Neil Rankin, and Tom Adams, owner of BBQ restaurant Pitt Cue.

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The festival was founded by Hawksmoor owner Richard H Turner and Josh Ozersky, founder of Meatopia in America (Tom Gold)

Workshops and masterclasses
Back for a second year, Craftopia will be offering advice on beer pairings and talks will be given by fantastic small emerging brewers, with Hackney Brewery, Beavertown and Adnams London Brewing among the names taking part.

Also making a reappearance are the Turner & George Butchery masterclasses, with the 90-minute session bookable on its website. Best of all, you can take home everything you have prepared, plus a goodie bag. 

Priced at £10, limited tickets are available for the Big Green Egg steak-out and must be booked in advance, alongside your Meatopia ticket, with professional chefs from the barbecue specialists offering top tips on how to cook a perfect steak.

Suitable for children aged 6-12, Hunter Gather Cook is offering a back-to-basics approach to fire lighting. 

The 40-minute free workshop teaches the craft of making fire from scratch, without a lighter or matches. During Sunday, there will be five workshops and you can secure a place via email

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The festival isn't just for adults, there's plenty to keep children entertained too (Tom Gold)

Meat and beats
Rapper Professor Green will be headlining on Friday night with a DJ set and the weekend will feature brass bands, roaming musicians and relaxing acoustic sets. 

Tickets are still available for the "late shift" - for over 18s only -  on Friday September 2 and for the "carnival day" on Sunday September 4, with street theatre and colourful acts. 

French's mustard is one of the sponsors of the event.


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