Bacon Brew Fest by Cuckoo Callay 2016 Roundup
In 2015, Cuckoo Callay (a fairly quiet little cafe adjoining Newtown Station) blows up with their Bacon Festival with a plethora of tasty bacon centric dishes. In 2016, the Bacon Festival grows into a full fledged Bacon Fest featuring over 30 stalls. Bacon and Beer squarely highlighted during a 9 hour long celebration of porcine goodness and amber goodness. Bacon Brew Fest in its first run iteration was a bit different from most such festivals – spread over 3 floors across the Central Park Mall area in Broadway – One hot food centric outdoors area, one desserts and bar area, and then there’s the room wholly dedicated to beer tastings.
Well attended, Bacon Brew Fest’s pigsty area is outdoors and filled to the brim this Bacon Brew Fest. From Asian styled eats from Mr Bao, Pizzas, Bratwursts, desserts to tacos. There was plenty to pig out on.
Mr Bao Buns from York Street in the city; is also here with their baos and baoger (Burger with bao buns). Bacon and crackling feature in these.
Beers and Brew
Up on Level 3 in Central Park Mall – Bacon Brew Fest transition into an adult beer hall on the one side with plenty of tastings to be had. 4 Pines, Batch Brewing, Feral, Two Birds, Willie Smith, Willie the Boatman were all present in the very popular tasting room giving out plenty of samples of their beers all day. The Rambling Rascal Bar area is also wildly popular; serving up full drinks to patrons with all brands from the tasting area represented. Also here? Jameson and Applejuice. Tasty and Refreshing.
Merch and More: up on Level 3, Cuckoo Callay has a curated stall selling bacon centric goodies and beard grooming products. Porkstars was also on hand with free tshirts and buttons. Also during the festival, plenty of entertainment with live music, beatboxing.
Easily some of Sydney’s best macarons comes from Makmak Macarons (south king street) and they’re here with a Miss Piggy 2.0 – Maple, Bacon, Smoked Vanilla, Peanut and Pork Floss.
Enmore’s Stinking Bishop is here with a cheesy and bacon ladened mac and cheese. Really fantastic and we chowed down on this thinkings “there’s possibly 4-5 ingredients in this and they’ve nailed it”
3 of Sydney’s best dessert makers are here: Anna Polyviou from Shanggri-la is here with a collab with N2 Extreme. Lil’ Miss Piggy – Vanilla Panacotta, Strawberry Gelato, Bacon Biscuit cripsy, Raspberry Choc Top with berry gel. Also cute as sin. Newtown’s Blackstar has an outstanding porter and bacon cake (also pictured in the tray The Elvis Impersonator pastry taco – Peanut butter caramel, banana custard, coconut bacon. The very popular pastry tacos sold out real quick.
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Check out all the happenings and sights from 2016’s bacon brew fest here. We’re already wishing this wasn’t a 1 dayer. Bacon Brew Fest by Cuckoo Callay was a ripper and heaps fun. Only quibble? Grumpy Donuts kept selling out although there was timely restocking which we also kept missing. Freshly made artisanal donut made in Sydney? God damn it.
BACON BREW FEST 2016