Bacon Festival: Cuckoo Callay, Newtown

Sydney, get ready for some porky goodness. Cuckoo Callay is launching its Bacon Festival. No, not films such as Footloose, Wild Things or Diner starring Kevin Bacon but that tantalizing meat… mmm bacon.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Cuckoo Callay

The Newtown café will be dishing up a selection of eight dishes and two bacon drinks in celebration of the tasty swine. The festival starts on February 9 and runs for 12 weeks in partnership with Black Forest Smokehouse in Marrickville, an artisan providore that source Australian pork from local NSW pig farms that is sustainably produced.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Bloody Bacon Cuckoo

The menu reads like it has been designed with Homer Simpson in mind: mouth-watering and packed with clichés that will bring a smile to your face. Start with a Bloody Bacon Cuckoo ($14) which comes garnished with crispy bacon, olive gherkin and celery. This Bloody Mary packs a good kick and has secret ingredients that give it more body and flavour. “We use a BBQ seasoning and BBQ sauce,” co-owner Ibrahim Moubadder explains. You’d be immediately tempted to order another.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
What A Croque Of Bacon

What A Croque Of Bacon ($18) is a generous serving of bacon and vintage cheddar croquette, soft and creamy on the inside, served with bourbon bacon, pea puree and two perfectly poached eggs.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Bacon Dawg

The Bacon Dawg ($14) hits the right spot with a maple glazed bacon sausage topped with Gruyere cheese sauce, tomato and quince relish and mustard pickles. It’s well worth ordering and your reward is the pieces of crispy crackling on top.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Bacon All The Rules

Bacon All The Rules ($23) makes a good choice for brunch. You get Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon and bacon steak, a bacon sausage and a bacon-crumbed poached egg served on sourdough. Hungry yet?

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

If you can’t resist burgers, then Don’t Go Bacon My Heart ($18) is for you. Beer candied bacon and popcorn chicken burger is served with beer and tomato chutney, mustard aioli and ‘slaw on a brioche bun. Shown above in slider size, the popcorn chicken and the beer candied bacon are worth a dish of their own.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Bacon, Get In Ma Belly

The aptly-named Bacon, Get In Ma Belly ($17) is set to be a crowd favourite. Delicious pieces of Pork Belly come with a sticky sweet chilli and fennel seed sauce served with a bacon, caper and herb salad. Save the crackling till last.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Ya Bacon Me Crazy

Dessert is set to bring you back for more. Ya Bacon Me Crazy ($18) is heaven on a plate with buttermilk waffles with house made bacon, caramel and cinnamon ice cream, Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon, maple syrup and mmm… chocolate coated bacon.

Bacon festival at Cuckoo Callay
Drizzle Sticks

Finish with Drizzle Sticks ($9), crunchy Black Forest Smokehouse streaky bacon drizzled in chocolate.

Tempted? You have 12 weeks in which to trot along to Cuckoo Callay for the Bacon Festival which starts on February 9, 2015. The café will be serving other bacon treats such as Jammin’ Bacon ($9) with sourdough toast served with bacon jam, Shake ‘n ‘Bacon ($9) and a range of bacon pastries.

Cuckoo Callay
Newtown Railway Station
324B King St
Newtown, NSW 2042

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.