On September 8 (5pm-9pm) Meatopia, presented by Whole Foods Market®, will take place on Randall’s Island Park featuring the most ambitious line-up of chefs and programming for meat enthusiasts in the event’s history. Tickets are available at www.meatopia.org. Meatopia will bring together the most-celebrated chefs from across the country and overseas, including Michael White, Adam Perry Lang, Marc Forgione, April Bloomfield, Sean Brock, Aaron Franklin, Mike Toscano and many others, including just announced additions Donald Link (Cochon, New Orleans), Tim Byres (Smoke, Dallas), Craig Koketsu (Quality Meats, NYC) and Ed Fraudender (Edi and the Wolf, NYC.) And, as last year, master butcher Pat LaFrieda of Food Network’s “Meat Men” will be cooking a whole, 1000-pound Creekstone steer. All the chefs will be offering all natural and humane meat dishes created specifically for the event. The chefs themselves will be serving the food, and in most cases cooking it on-site over all-natural hardwood fires. Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corkos of Cooking Channel’s “Extra Virgin” will be serving wood-fired pizzas with beef carpaccio. This year’s theme is “Meatopia 2012: City of Meat,” and groups the chefs in meat-themed “neighborhoods” such as Carcass Hill, The Quarter, Offalwood, Meatopia Heights, The Deckle District, Beaktown, and the Meatopia County Game Reserve. Attendees will not only enjoy unlimited food tastings, but also complimentary Amstel Light and the James Beard Award-winning Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream of Columbus Ohio. For the first time, Meatopia highlights include Whole Foods Market house-made sausage bar with the “world’s largest” toppings bar, and live music from celebrated New York bands including The Slackers, Woods, and The Living Kills. The much-anticipated Whole Foods Market “Best Butcher” contest will once again see its finals on the Meatopia stage and several demo stages will host chefs showing off knife skills and more throughout the day. Meatopia is pleased to have a partner in The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) who will be represented by a BBQ cooking team made up of active duty US Navy SEALs, as well as volunteers from their organization, and as Meatopia’s special guests, fifty Wounded Warriors who have served our country heroically. A portion of proceeds from Meatopia will go to AFF to continue their mission of assisting service members and their families in need. City Harvest will also be receiving a food donation to support the efforts they do in New York. Meatopia is presented by a group of sponsor partners including Creekstone Farms, Jim n’ Nick’s BBQ, American Homestead Natural Pork, Icelandic Lamb, Bell & Evans chicken, Strauss Veal, Esquire magazine, and Kingsford Charcoal. This event is 21+.