Cannibal Appreciation Day
You are what you eat.Against all that is right and decent, the Cannibal Appreciation Day is exactly what it sounds like. With the progress made to culinary science, it hasn't been necessary to kill something to get meat for years now, and with that out of the way, people were free to experiment. It started innocent enough, with endangered species, extinct animals, and odd genetic constructions, but then it got dark. It didn't take long before some people went, "hey... I wonder what human taste like?" Since nothing matters anymore but profit, that curiosity has since been satisfied, and hey, why not make a party out of it? You know what, yeah, let's just throw a freaking cannibal party.
Meaty MondayCannibal Appreciation Day is an irregularly held... Festival? Celebration? Horror show masquerading as a culinary experiment? It is hosted by the Cannibal Club, an exclusive and secretive organization of what is surely well-adjusted individuals. They're never particularly specific, but throw the party every time the whim grabs them. Usually, this amounts to once every few years, with the longest time between them being a full decade. The shortest was one year of horror, where there were five separate Appreciation Days.
It is only hosted on a Monday, and continued through the day and night as a full celebration of food. Every meal of the day gets its own event in a packed schedule of eating, from breakfast to second breakfast, elevensies, and evening tea. While the meat is the star of the show, no expense is spared in making sure every meal is a journey of fantastic flavors. It is still human flesh, though.
Uh oh...The venue varies, but usually some conference hall who values the money more than human decency, with a few memorable events being held on boats or even on an airplane as it traveled around the world.
Why? Just... Why!?The Cannibal Club maintains a stance of simple curiosity and a desire to expand people's perspectives when it comes to food and eating. The public part of the event tends to attract a wide-range of miscreants and lunatics, though; people who believe that eating other people (while illegal) will give them power, vigor, and all that nonsense. Some just want to try it out - a sad few go there because it's a day full of free food, and they don't really have a lot of options. The hosts maintain a sense of smug innocence about it all, claiming that they aren't hurting anyone. Any rumor of people disappearing before or during the events have been successfully persecuted as libel, and it's never been proven that the meat is anything but 100% lab-grown human flesh.
The Cannibal ClubWealthy, reclusive, secretive, all the typical adjectives you'd attach to a bunch of rich people who enjoy eating human flesh, the Cannibal Club claims to be nothing but culinary explorers. They mostly meet in the Decadence, a GEO airship/space-station of luxury and whimsy, but have a presence in the Megacity as well.
Vat-Grown MeatMost meats in the Megacorpolis cuisine come from laboratories rather than a living being. Chunks of flesh are grown and cultivated in laboratory-factories, cut and treated, then sold off to anyone who wants a slice. Though people were initially squeamish about eating something grown in a test-tube (more so than hacking some animal to death, for whatever reason), the benefits soon outweighed any concerns people had. Through these vast nutrient vats, any cut of meat could be cheaply replicated, any sort of flavor profile imparted.
Meat from an actual dead animal is still around, but it's expensive and rare. Only the wealthy eat it, who are somehow unconcerned about other things dying for their benefit.