Guinness X Meatopia Dublin 2019
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Guinness X Meatopia Dublin 2019

A festival of beer, food, fire and music 5, 6 and 7 July


Guinness X Meatopia tickets
Tickets link below. Includes: 5 signature dishes each paired with a taster beer, a pint of your choice, live music and expert speaker programme. Please drink Guinness responsibly. 18+ event only.
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Have you ever had two friends that you knew just needed to meet each other? And not just for their benefit, but selfishly, you wanted to see how much more fun it would be when you all hung out together.
Well, several issues ago we teamed up with our friends at St. James’s Gate, Dublin, the home of Guinness, to host a live fire dinner with Smokestak and Guinness at Blenheim Forge, Peckham. We invited Mat Kemp, co-founder of Meatopia UK and like all good introductions, one thing led to another which led to a celebration, in this case Guinness X Meatopia in Dublin.
July 5th, 6th and 7th sees the third instalment of this fantastic beer, meat, fire and music festival at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin and we can’t wait to go. If you’ve been to Meatopia in London and wondered how they could ever improve on this, just imagine if it were a more intimate affair, and hosted at a brewery, where beers are paired with each dish served and you’re almost there.

Just as the chefs are hand picked, so is the produce which is ethically and locally sourced. Expect the best quality Irish meat smoked or grilled over sustainable wood and charcoal. Meatopia rules decree that cooking over anything but live fire or charcoal is strictly forbidden during the festival.
Dublin is one of my favourite cities in the world. I was born there and spent most of my life in this city that knows how to live life to the fullest. There is no better feeling that waking up in Dublin smelling of BBQ from the day before, and knowing that there’s still two more days of delicious food and beer to look forward to.
We’ll see you there!
Chef line-up includes:


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.
More chefs are set to be announced!
About Guinness Open Gate Brewery
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Traditional Beef Spare Rib BBQ recipe
1. Take the whole beef spare rib rack and rub with brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and black pepper. Wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
2. Remove the fridge and smoke the rack for 12 hours.
3. Baste the rack with butter and smoke for another 6 hours.
4. Slice and serve with an Alabama White sauce or a sorghum chipotle BBQ sauce.
Guinness Original pairs perfectly with ribs. The deep plum flavour of the beer works perfectly with the smoky sweetness of the ribs and the carbonation helps lift the sauce on the palate.
Guinness Draught may not traditionally be associated with summer, but its distinct character and flavour is the ideal accompaniment to many grilled meats.



By David K. Thomas, Chef