It’s that time of year again, when carnivores around the five boroughs gather for the most meateriffic festival of the year. What else could bring celebrated American cooks, Hong Kong Chefs, and even United States Special Forces officers together in the celebration of all things umami?
This festival, in its 11th year, is now selling tickets. For one day, Randall’s Island will be transformed into a city of meat, with multiple districts focusing on different cuts and styles of pork, beef, cow, goat, and everything in between.
If you have attended this event before, don’t worry! Each year the offerings are totally different but just as delicious. Chefs like Michael White, Jonathon Sawyer, Zak Pelaccio, and Iron Chef Marc Forgione show up to personally cook and serve their favorite meaty dishes. Some of this year’s tasty treats will include:
- Red Wine Stewed Pork with Polenta
- Whole Hog Barbecued Over Pig-Bone Charcoal
- Whole Hogget, Uruguayan-Style
- Grilled Wild Dove Breast Wrapped in Benton’s Bacon
For those of you who find offal anything but awful, be sure to check out Offalwood, the section of the festival located to intestines, hearts, kidneys, and other less-used cuts. Look for Veal Sweetbread Po-Boys and Scrambled brains with eggs, among other dishes.
There will also be a Whole Foods-sponsored best butcher contest, where some of the country’s best butchers will compete live to prove that (s)he deserves the winning vote from the judges. A main part of the competition will be the pressure to create a brand new cut of meat that has never before been seen or sold.
Tickets for the September 8 event cost $140 and include the cost to and from the location, via water taxi. The ticket price includes all the meat that you can eat, plus unlimited beer and live entertainment. Plus, many leftovers go to City Harvest to feed hungry New Yorkers. With that information, you can feel good about spending money on what may be the most gluttonous even of the season.