Tobacco Dock will become a carnivore's paradise this weekend as Meatopia arrives

By Rachel Bishop on August 31, 2014 8:09 AM |

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One of the biggest food festivals in the UK is coming to Tobacco Dock next weekend - and its all about meat, meat and more meat.

The two-day event welcomes a host of chefs and pitmasters including some of the meatiest stars around such as Dirty Bones' Ross Clarke and Andre Lima de Luca, of BOS BBQ in São Paulo, Brazil.

For its second year, organisers have brought in five expert female cooks for its "girrls behind the grills" - Selin Kiazim, Zan Kaufman, Gizzi Erskine, Judy Joo and Maria Tampakis - who will will be cooking up a feast of world dishes, including Korean BBQ, lamb köfte and spiced sausages.

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Selin, who worked at Covent Garden haunt Kopapa, said: "I love the barbecue. Everything tastes better cooked over flames. It gets all your senses going and seems to automatically make everyone happy. I love communal eating and that is what a barbecue means."

Also new for this year are a few extra bars - fully stocked with craft beers, a tasting room and a VIP room.

A Meatopia spokesman said: "Like last year, all of the renowned chefs and iconic restaurants will produce their dishes in handy tasting sized portions so guests can try as many of them as possible.

"As they graze, visitors can chat, drink and dance their way through the afternoon.

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"And, if that isn't enough, London's coolest cabaret, circus, art installations, roaming performers, immersive activities and random acts of weirdness will add more colour, variety and spontaneity to the event."

The festival runs from 12-9pm on both September 6 and 7. Tickets cost from £30 per day.

Go to meatopia.co.uk.


With all this talk of meat you may have developed a craving for steak. Here are five places in Canary Wharf where you can gnaw on a chunky cut

■ Boisdale
Home to Scottish steaks galore. One to try is the 10-12oz fillet of Aberdeenshire grass fed beef on the bone dry aged for 28 days.
Cabot Place, boisdale.co.uk

■ Le Relais de Venise
The focus at this straightforward restaurant is on quality. It's steak-frites but it's offering is dependable.
Mackenzie Walk, relaisdevenise.com

■ Gaucho
Boasting the finest Argentine steaks, Gaucho knows its meat and has assured customers its summer menu comes from cattle only fed on the rich pampas of carefully selected farms.
Westferry Circus, gauchorestaurants.co.uk

■ Goodman's
There's meat on display and the option to pay for your chop per 100g for some steaks. Honest decent steaks.
South Quay, goodmanrestaurants.com

■ Manhattan Grill
It declares proudly it cooks fantastic steaks with no fuss or gimmicks. Enjoy them gazing over West India Quay to Canary Wharf.
Hertsmere Road, manhattangrill.co.uk