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The Last of the 2015 Bacon Festival at Cuckoo Callay

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published May 10th 2015
'Bacon all the rules' as Cuckoo gets creative
"Don't go bacon my heart" you may be saying, as the Bacon Festival in Newtown is drawing to a close. To celebrate, the last few months at Cuckoo Callay have been full of innovative bacon dishes and drinks. Yes, you read right. A bacon cocktail and bacon milkshake feature. Calling all lovers of this smokey meat: pay a visit to this hip cafe before the festivities end on May 17th, and honour it in style.

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Bacon, cheese and bacon filled croquettes, pea puree, chives, and poached eggs. Delicious to say the least!

I'd heard about the Bacon Festival way back in February. Since then, there have been countless occasions on which I have passed the cute Cuckoo Callay. Bacon aside, the pretty white walls decorated with pot plants, and tables with pink flowers in bottles, often caught my eye. I held that I needed to try this pretty, witty cafe. If anything, watch out for the puns on the blackboard as you commute!

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Pretty scenery to dine in.

Ya bacon me crazy" has to be one of the favourites from the festival. While still witty, this board hasn't been bacon-themed for a while. I assumed the enticing event that I never ended up investigating properly was in the past, and honestly, I regretted it. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see the special bacon list at the front of the menu the other day when we brunched.

There are creative ideas on this bacon festival menu that manifested into a tasty artwork on the plate before you. 'What a Croque of Bacon' - what is this you may ask? The delicious bacon-topped croquettes that have a creamy filling of cheddar cheese and - you guessed it - more bacon! The pea puree these sat in was a first in all my experiences bacon brunching in the Sydney culinary scene. A very tasty meal.

My friend got the 'Don't go bacon my heart' dish. If you choose to go with this, either out of pure love for the name, or the delicious combination of beer-candied bacon and popcorn chicken in a burger, just be prepared for a incredibly generous feed.

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Beer-candied bacon and popcorn chicken burger.

There is a great selection of other dishes, including the 'Best. Chips. Ever!' at Cuckoo Callay, along with a diverse selection of drinks - coffee, cocktails, juices in jars. I did not get to see nor try the bacon bloody mary, or the bacon shake, but if you are feeling curious or adventurous about such an invention, I'd highly recommending hopping over to Newtown sometime in the next few days. If you do not get the chance before the end of the bacon festival, I have to say it is still a funky and yummy cafe, worth a visit in the heart of a vibrant suburb.
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Why? Bacon. Enough said?
When: Bacon Festival until 17th of May.
Phone: (02) 9557 7006
Where: Newtown Station
Cost: Av $20-30 / head.
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