Newtown’s Cuckoo Callay launches inaugural Bacon Brewfest festival [gallery]

25 January, 2016 by
Aoife Boothroyd

On the back of its inaugural Bacon Festival which launched last year, Newtown Caf Cuckoo Callay will be stepping the bar up a notch in 2016 with the launch of its first annual Bacon Brewfest festival.

The festival will be inclusive of a Bacon Brewfest launch day event at Sydney’s Central Park and followed by a 12 week bacon-centric menu at Cuckoo Callay.


The launch day event will feature numerous stalls from some of Sydney’s favourite chefs and foodservice operators including Black Star Pastry, The Stinking Bishops, Mr Bao, Textbook Boulangerie, Mak Mak Macarons, Grumpy Donuts, Tsuru Food Truck and Pialligo Estate. The event will also see pastry chef Anna Polyviou and N2 Extreme Gelato team up for a one-off bacon collaboration.

On the beverage side of things, 4 Pines, Feral Brewing Co, and Willie the Boatman will be serving up their craft brews at a festival bar curated by the Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern.


In addition to beer and bacon, professionally hosted workshops and talks from industry insiders will also be a feature of the February launch day, along with an extreme bacon eating competition.

Following the launch day, Cuckcoo Callay’s 12 week “pork-tastic” menu will commence on 28 February alongside its seasonal menu. All of the caf’s produce will be source solely from farms in NSW that engage in sustainable and ethical practice in an effort to support the local pork industry.  


The Bacon Brewfest will be held at Sydney's Central Park on Saturday Feb 27, from 12pm until 9pm.


Bacon-brewfest-NikkiTo-XL.jpgBacon Brewfest team: From left to right – Mitch (Pork Star), Jackson (Feral Brewing), Jamie (Stinking Bishops), Min (N2 Extreme Gelato), John Ralley (Textbook Boulangerie), Tom (4 Pines Beer), Tommy (Black Market Bacon), Jessica (Chocolate Artisan), Ibby & Ella (Cuckoo Callay), Sam and Eddie (Black Stay Pastry), James (Mr Bao), Anna Polyviou (Anna Polyviou), Carlos (Mak Mak), Elise & Scott (Grumpy Doughnuts), Jim (Two Birds Brewing).

Bacon-Doughnut-bar-Grumpy-Doughnuts.jpgBacon Doughnut bar Grumpy Doughnuts


John Ralley from Textbook Boulangerie piggy cakes


Mr Bao Pork Buns

Image credit: Nikki To