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Your Five a Day: Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Duck

Vegetarians and vegans beware, this is strictly a carnivorous affair. Meatopia, an annual New York City festival, has left its home on the range and travelled to the Tobacco Dock in London. In true American style, it is a unrelenting protein packed feast without a vegetable in sight.

For those who would pick pork over peas or lamb over lentils, Meatopia will meet (see what, I did there?) your needs. Unless you're on the Atkins diet, those watching their weight might want to give this a miss. It is an all you can eat frenzy of the best locally sourced produce, with nothing left to waste. From belly to bone, brisket, shoulders, nose, and tail, you'll discover that cheap cuts are just as tasty as your prime suspects. All the meat is cooked over log or coal fires to give it an authentic smoky BBQ flavour. And to wash it all down, there'll be artisan ales, fine wines, and spirits.

Meet top chefs and butchers such as Richard Turner, Fergus Henderson, and food writer Gizzi Erskine. If you have any room left, you can find desserts at the Pudding Stop's pudmobile, Ice cream from Sorbitium Ices, and sweet treats by The Marshmallowists.

Tickets come in the form of tokens. Tier One tokens are 47.50 and gives you an allowance of two dishes and two drinks. Tier two tickets are 89.25 and are worth six dishes and six drinks. Additional tokens can also be bought on the day. Meatopia is a family event, so there are cheaper rates for children (37.50), with under twelves going free.

As well as the food, there will be plenty of musical entertainment as well. Musicians include Lee Thompson's Ska Orchestra, the DJ, Tom Findlay , and bands such as the Brass Volcanoes. Other events include '20 Questions' with the chefs, 'The Burger Story', 'Meatopia Question Time', and a 'Field to Fork' T-bone demo.
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Why? Fun for foodies
When: 7th Sept, 12.30-9pm
Where: Tobacco Dock
Cost: 37.50-89
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