Beat the Heat with Meat This Weekend at Meatopia

Unless you’re such a ninny that you never leave your air conditioned apartment, there will be no avoiding the heat in New York this weekend. So if you’re courageous enough to sally forth and seek your sultry adversary, I recommend visiting a place where your flesh will be far cooler than the flesh that surrounds you. Meatopia is coming to Brooklyn on Saturday, and with mountains of seared meat on offer, you’ll realize that no matter how hot your bod is feeling, it could be a whole lot worse.

Dubbed “the Woodstock of edible animals,” Amstel Light Meatopia (presented by Whole Foods) will bring together nearly 50 of the nation’s top chefs at Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday, July 23, to grill up amazing cuts of beef, pork, lamb, duck, and countless other cloven-hoofed critters. Come meet meat stars such as Aaron Sanchez, Seamus Mullen, and Michael Psilakis (Kefi, among others) as they work their culinary magic on red-hot barbecue grills. And lest you forget just how your steak gets from farm to belly, you’ll be schooled on the various breeds by the farmers who raise them as they chat about what the animals ate and how they lived.

What else? Live music, awesome views of New York Harbor, and a spirited display of knife and cleaver skills, as Whole Foods Market will be presenting the finals of its national butcher contest, live on stage. Watch those fingers fly! (Wait, that didn’t come out right.)

Of course, food ain’t nothing without drink to wash it down with. Plenty of ice-cold Amstel Light will be available for quaffing, along with rivers of refreshing Fiji Water to keep you hydrated and happy under the summer sun.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 pm, and you can buy tickets (which range from “Meatizen General” to “Carnesseur” to the VIP “Meat Elite” package) here. Looks like meat’s back on the menu, boys. Scarf in good health.

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