Smoking Hot! Guinness X Meatopia 2019 Line-Up Is Announced

Thursday 2 May 2019: GUINNESS X MEATOPIA announces a stellar international and Irish chef line-up for the three-day beer and food festival taking place this July.

On 5, 6 and 7 July, for the third year running, GUINNESS X MEATOPIA will transform the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, home to all beer innovation and experimentation at St. James’s Gate, into a festival devoted to beer, food, fire and music.

There’s a twist this year! The chefs and brewers are challenging each other to create unique brews and dishes to pair with each other, to be available exclusively and for one weekend only at this event. GUINNESS X MEATOPIA 2019 will celebrate some of the most adventurous live-fire chefs from around the world, working alongside the innovative team of Guinness brewers, using the best ingredients Ireland has to offer.

The fiery line-up of chefs includes the likes of:

David Thomas – US chef behind downtown Baltimore’s Ida B’s Table, where the focus is on sustainably and locally sourced products. The Baltimore native is the true embodiment of his culinary catchphrase, “Modern Soul.” His restaurant’s mission is to bring light to the history of Soul Food, and illuminate its future.

Anna Haugh – Dublin born head chef behind soon-to-be-opened Myrtle Restaurant in London. Anna has spent the last 14 years in London working for celebrated chefs Philip Howard, Shane Osborne and Gordon Ramsay. Myrtle Restaurant is her first solo venture.

Malcolm Lee – head chef of Candlenut restaurant in Singapore. The restaurant specialises in Peranakan heritage cuisine with a modern approach, and became the first of its kind to receive the acclaimed Michelin star in 2016, and again in 2017 and 2018.

Gráinne O’Keefe – head chef at Clanbrassil House restaurant in Dublin 8. The intimate neighbourhood restaurant was recently awarded a Michelin bib gourmand and specialises in cooking over fire and seasonal small plates.

Will Bowlby – head chef of London’s Kricket restaurant. Will’s unique approach in marrying seasonal British ingredients with authentic Indian flavours continues to be renowned across London. In 2018, Kricket in Soho won a Bib Gourmand from The Michelin Guide.

James Cochran – head chef behind 12:51 on Islington’s Upper Street in London, where Kentish produce from James’ hometown take centre stage. James honed his talents in the kitchens of the prestigious Michelin-starred restaurants The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms, where he established his own refined yet experimental cooking style.
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.

The Meatopia Cutting Room Stage was on fire last year and this year sees its welcome return. Festival-goers can chat with and learn from the most passionate connoisseurs from the worlds of beer, food, fire and flavour. Highlights are set to include Chef Anna Haugh discussing the rise of modern Irish cuisine and chef David Thomas discussing the modern evolution of Soul Food. Meanwhile award-winning beer writer Melissa Cole will take to the stage to address the new wave of ‘driving beers’ and how brewers are managing to pack flavour into low alcohol brews. Then as day turns to night, there will be an eclectic programme of live music and entertainment.
Full priced tickets starting at €59.50 are on sale now. Ticket prices include access to GUINNESS X MEATOPIA, a packed programme of interactive talks with some of the world’s most interesting food and drink speakers, a carefully curated line-up of live music acts, as well as five unique dishes paired with five perfectly matched taster beers and a pint of choice from the beers available for the festival weekend only.

Book your tickets here:

Stay tuned for more information over the coming weeks!

GUINNESS X MEATOPIA is a strictly over 18s event.

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GUINNESS X MEATOPIA is an unflinching look at the dedication and passion it takes to be the best in the craft of brewing and live fire cooking. It will take place at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin, on Friday 5 July 2019 (6pm to 10pm), Saturday 6 July 2019 (2pm to 10pm) and Sunday 7 July 2019 (1pm to 7pm).

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