Bacon All The Rules at Cuckoo Callay Festival

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It must be true love that I am not a vegetarian because of bacon. No one else can break my heart like bacon can. I admit all my problems go away when there’s bacon right in front of me. So if you need a bacon fix maybe it’s time to bacon-ing your way to Cuckoo Callay. For 12 weeks they’ve created something astonishing for Newtown that no café has ever done in Sydney. It’s called BACON FESTIVAL. It’s for real, BACON FESTIVAL exists and you don’t want to go bacon your own heart if you missed out. If you totally HEART BACON like I do, you properly wondered off and I bet you are open to seduction as soon as you see that glossy piece of juicy bacon. I know it’s the sweet smells and varied pinkish colours, but that doesn’t mean you are not in control.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (1)Pigging it out at Cuckoo Callay

And the Bacon Festival goes like this…

What a Croque of Bacon ($19) that tried to control me with its loooooooooooonnng strips of bacon and basil. Then when I closely looked into the vintage cheddar croquettes I was drunk by its diced pieces of bourbon bacon, pea puree and two poached eggs with that gooey sunrise yolk. If you want to know how to make a bacon lover smile, then this is it my friends. A dusting of breadcrumbs on the croquettes really makes this dish sing. It’s the crispy croquettes center filling that opens new flavours as the effects of bourbon bacon is deeply aromatic.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (2)What a Croque of Bacon ($19)

What about that sexy long bacon strip? Well…there was a silent treatment at our table, so I’m not too sure what everybody was thinking, but for me, I was so high I didn’t recognise the fire that was burning in people’s eyes when I snatched the larger strip. Obviously full of flavour so that was pretty damn tasty!

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (3)You so fine bacon stripe! And oozy egg yolk inward shot.

Next up I may have ordered Shake ‘n’ Bacon ($9)! Super AMAZING and totally worth building up my calcium intake. Teehee. Can’t go wrong with bacon plus maple syrup, although the sweet syrup was glued at the bottom making a sudden burst of intense sugariness. Overall there’s so much DELICIOUSNESS hidden in this mason jar.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (4)Shake ‘n’ Bacon ($9)

Can’t go wrong with awesome maple-caramelized bacon, right? I think this bacon milkshake is shouting “drink me!”.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (5)Bacon sprinkles on me Shake ‘n’ Bacon *SCREAMS*

Rules for a happy relationship with bacon is getting the Bacon All the Rules ($24) dish. This is one engaging plate that is only suitable for happy pigs and inner oinkers to run wild. Every component on this dish is lip smacking and appealing to not share with your partner in crime. We start off with Black Forest Smokehouse maple bacon and bourbon bacon that floated happily atop. Next we dissected that fatty chunk of bacon steak that was really appetising that I had to go for seconds. OH! And whoever came up with bacon sausage is uber insane, yet one hell of a genius. You know you want it before anyone else can get it. It tasted absolutely perfect that there was no flaws about this sausage at all. I loved the bite-size pieces of bacon inside the sausage and saltiness was just right. All that bacon madness is also served with bacon-crumbed poached eggs with sourdough. This is one dish on the menu that you won’t go home hungry or disappointed. If you’re looking for a jam-packed bacon session, then this is it!

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (6)Bacon All the Rules ($24)

Need to wash all that bacon down? Why not give this Bloody Bacon Cuckootail ($14) a go! It’s insanely mixed with tomato juice, tabasco, salt, pepper and a shot of vodka. I was so out of breath when I sipped this cocktail. The level of spiciness is somewhat high for a person who does not often eat much spices. I spy with my eyes I see a strip of bacon and slices of pickles.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (10)Bloody Bacon Cuckootail ($14)

Only one thing can make a hot dog on a summer afternoon better and that’s if it’s stuffed with maple glazed bacon sausage with gruyere cheese sauce, tomato and quince relish, crackling and dill mustard pickles. Ya I’m describing the Bacon Dawg ($16)!!! I was prepared but I think I didn’t prepare enough for this dawg. The thing about this is it did quite fit together. It was a little overwhelming with the sprinkles of crackle and relish as well as the dill mustard. Totes superior brunch eats.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (11)Bacon Dawg ($16)

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (13)Smashed that bad boy!

Look what we have here… Don’t Go Bacon My Heart (NOTE: these babes were sample sizes) and OHMYGAWD these are unforgettable. I was incredibly happy when these kids size burger landed on the palm of my hand. The savory beer and tomato chutney, mustard aioli and slaw on brioche added another inch of flavour. Yes not healthy, but I’ve got my game face on! Without a doubt the popcorn chicken and beer candied bacon was noticeable. Hmmm it was the right ratio of chicks and pigs.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (14)Don’t Go Bacon My Heart

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (15)You know you want this. Teehee.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (16)Woah! This brioche is stuffed with a lot of meat.

By now I needed granny pants, if possible the XXXL ones. The amount of food coming in one after the other was fit for a King and Queen. So when Bacon, Get in Ma Belly ($20) arrived looking oh so scrumptious I had to do what was right, continue nomming. Lucky I followed my heart because the pork belly with fennel seed sauce with bacon, caper, coriander and lime salad was off the chain insane. Combine with a bowl of white rice would have been lovely. I was nervous when I attacked the slices of candied sweet chilli because between you and me I don’t normally touch chilli, but I did tell Michael from I’m Still Hungry that I will be practising my chilli levels this year. Wish me luck! Anyways back to that chilli…far out it was ADDICTIVE! I had such courage to even pop a few more slices in my mouth. It was seriously hotter than my first date. The one thing which lost some points would be the crackling skin, it was moist. There were signs of crispiness however the texture didn’t meat it. It must be the troubled Asian fusion flavour sauce that drowned the crispy skin crackle. Haha.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (17)Bacon, Get in Ma Belly ($20)Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (18)That pork. Full Stop.

Here’s a morning breakfast for you to enjoy with your partner yourself; Ya Bacon Me Crazy ($20). This type of love is not rational, it’s 100% physical. Don’t cry if your calories start to sky rocket because every bite is seriously worth it. The caramel and cinnamon ice cream was heavily guarded by three handsome strips of maple bacon that’s drenched in maple syrup and chocolate coated bourbon bacon. Tucked underneath you can see the buttermilk waffles and MORE house-made bacon. Man, I love what you do but you know that you’re toxic, right? 😛

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (19)Ya Bacon Me Crazy ($20)

I told you I wasn’t kidding about the chocolate coated bourbon BACON SOILDERS heavily securing the caramel and cinnamon ice cream. PICTURE PROOF!

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (20)Bacon’s looking streaky, I LIKE! :p

Boy I needed another session of washing down all that tasty bacon, so I opted for Smokey Bourbon Bacon with fresh apple juice ($12). Sadly I couldn’t really taste the bacon, instead the sourness of the apple juice. But that’s cool I needed something refreshing to bring me back to Earth from this CRAZY BACON FEAST.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (21)Smokey Bourbon Bacon with fresh apple juice ($12)

Introducing Drizzle Sticks (NOTE: sample sizes) that knocks your socks off! *HEAVY BREATHING* Maybe the streaky bourbon bacon drizzled in chocolate and hazelnut thought it could hide from this mama, but I could smell that greasy bacon scent from miles away. Oh bacon you can’t stay away from me, we are meant to be. At first I wasn’t too keen on chocolate + bacon, BUT I’ve learnt not to judge a book by its cover.

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (22)Drizzle Sticks

Picture this no touching, no kissing AND no good loving with bacon will be so cold. Life wouldn’t be the same, I’m telling you. Without bacon fire will burn through your soul. So what’s holding you back to visit the Bacon Festival at Cuckoo Callay?

Bacon Festival_Nessy Eater (23)Oh Yeah!!! Got the BIG piece. 😀

Photos by Vanny Tang

Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest thanks to Wasamedia. Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.

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27 thoughts on “Bacon All The Rules at Cuckoo Callay Festival

    Annie @ The Random Foodie said:
    February 10, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    definitely will make lots of visits to Cuckoo Callay for the next 12 weeks. wanna try every single bacon dish!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      Better start now! You don’t want to disappoint your stomach if there’s no bacon heading that way 😛

    gourmetgetaway said:
    February 11, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Hehe, first of all we love the play of names! Sooo cute and catchy! Second, we need not say more. Bacon served and styled in ways like this, one could never go wrong. Thank you for sharing!!!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      I giggled when I read the dishes name out loud. Teehee. Yes you are right! The world is a happier place when bacon is served 😛

    Cassie | Journey from Within said:
    February 11, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    I don’t know where to start!
    I saw the croquettes and was like: I’d like that… then keep scrolling and think it for ALL!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Neither did we! You’d be stuffed too when there’s bacon in everything and I mean EVERYTHING! 😛

    bentodays said:
    February 11, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Awesome food photography! Love your shots, and the food looks amazing!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Thank you so much! The food sure was yummy. I can’t wait to revisit 😀

    Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts said:
    February 11, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    OMG SO MUCH BACON! Haha I’m still not convinced about chocolate and bacon but will need to try it out one day before I judge 😛

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      I never had so much bacon in the space of a few hours! It was intense, but at the same time bacon my heart go crazy. Hehe

    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said:
    February 11, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    I love bacon. I wish we could get the thin bacon they have in New Zealand and in the states and Canada. I miss that a lot! 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      Who doesn’t love BACON!?! I’m so keen to try bacon in other countries. I think the piggies are calling me around the world. Haha

    ChopinandMysaucepan said:
    February 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Dear Vanny,
    I’m going to make myself that bacon cocktail tomorrow morning! A few more shots of Vodka too.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      Did you say MORNING?! Now that’s a true bacon and cocktail lover 😛 Let me know how that went!

    Helen | Grab Your Fork said:
    February 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Drizzle sticks! Ermahgerd!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 12, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      I KNOW RIGHT?! That’s just a next level up of bacon eating! 😀

    shenANNAgans said:
    February 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Holy mother of all things YARM! This post was like taking a fricken bullet, sooooo much drool on my keyboard right now. Wow. A bacon shake, yes… Bourbon bacon juice, hell yes … And those drizzle sticks. Good lordy, I want, I want it all in my belly. Is there anything that doesn’t go with bacon?

      Nessy Eater responded:
      February 13, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      Thanks for the comment shenANNAgans! What a comment 😛 At the moment EVERYTHING goes with BACON!!!

    Amanda @ Gourmanda said:
    February 17, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Oooh yeah, can’t wait to go to the Bacon Festival!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 1, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      Still have many many more weeks to go 😀

    forfoodssake said:
    February 18, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    The sadness I felt when I realised I wasn’t able to make this….CRUSHING!! Hopefully I make it within the next 10 weeks. Gots to try the Bacon!!


      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      Sorry for the late reply! Hope you managed to squeeze some bacon into your belly by now 🙂

    Lignum Draco said:
    February 26, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Thanks for this. I live in the east and work in the west. Looking forward to your foodie suggestions.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      That’s fantastic to hear and thanks for your support 🙂

    milkteaxx said:
    March 2, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    so much bacon!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      March 3, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      Indeed indeed! It makes people go cray cray 😛

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