Guinness X Meatopia, the festival of incredible food, music and great beer is gearing up for its Dublin dates with tickets on sale now and great demand expected. This intimate three-day event, that puts beer, food, fire and music centre stage takes place from July 6th - 8th in the Open Gate Brewery, the home of beer innovation at St James's Gate - and it's bigger and better than ever.
This isn’t your average food festival. Festival-goers will get up close and personal with world-famous chefs from Galway, Tipperary, London, New York, Ohio and Seoul, who are coming to Dublin to stamp their own identity on the event with never-been-tasted-before dishes that create a celebration of the finest, ethically-sourced meats and specially brewed beers alongside long-standing favourites.
The idea of Meatopia was originally to bring good meat to the masses, but, as one of its founders, Mat Kemp, explains, it quickly took off. “This is an all-day event based around food and the star performers are the chefs – they are the lead guitarists of our age,” he says.
LIVE FIRE CHEFS
Using tonly live fire (no electricity or gas is allowed), each of the chefs will conjure up a unique dish cooked over smoke and flame, including:
New York's Esther Choi will offer up Kalbi, a marinated short rib hung on a hook and smoked over alder along with rice cake, roast garlic and lettuce wrap and a grilled whole head of kimchi.
Paired with Guinness X Meatopia Brew.
Cleveland's Jonathon Sawyer is bringing his Nonna's Red Sauce Sunday Supper Beef Shank Braciola with capon involtini, pork neck bones and cheeks, ricotta cavatelli and suet scarpetta.
Singaporean-born Michelin-starred chef Elizabeth Haigh is serving up whole-roasted Miso Chicken with chicken fat mayo, chicken skin furikake and BBQ veg.
Paired with Guinness Citra IPA.
Killian Crowley of Aniar will serve up his Irish seafood medley with BBQ oysters, mussels, kelp and fresh razor clams with alaria dressing.
Paired with Guinness Open Gate Pilsner.
EXPERT FLAVOUR PAIRINGS
Ian Colgan is a specially-trained Guinness beer sommelier (one of just 160 in the world), and he has been working with his team on a series of unique beers to complement the dishes on offer.
So, in addition to old favourites, there are brand-new innovations specially created for the event, including a salt & pepper beer. “Without getting too much into the science, taste is different to flavour. This year we picked six flavours that everyone will know and challenged each chef to work with a different one, then the team at the Open Gate combined a range of new and interesting short run beers, developed just for the show, with some Guinness classic to match each of those flavour profiles.”
GUINNESS X MEATOPIA will take place at the Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, on Friday, July 6th (4pm-10pm), Saturday, July 7th (4pm-10pm) and Sunday, July 8th (1pm-6pm).
Tickets are €70.00 and include access to GUINNESS X MEATOPIA plus unique dishes of your choice specially paired with taster beers and a pint of GUINNESS X MEATOPIA special brew.
GUINNESS X MEATOPIA is a strictly over 18s event.