Bacon, bacon, bacon ... and more bacon!

Cuckoo Callay’s annual celebration of all things pork, the Bacon Festival, is back and better than ever, with the addition of an ooze factor for the festival’s fourth year.

For the next 12 weeks, Cuckoo Callay Newtown and Surry Hills are serving up an epic menu celebrating all things oozy and highlighting the cause for free range Australian pork.

In their usually extravagant style, Cuckoo Callay has curated a menu of seriously drool-worthy dishes. The Piggie Smalls (The Notorious P.I.G.) burger stacks three types of pork with a pork mince pattie, char-grilled chorizo and maple bacon jam, and packs a punch with Mexican flaming cheese, pork crackling and chipotle aioli.

Under My Umburatta is a deep-fried, bacon-crumbed burrata and 63° egg oozing over char-grilled zucchini, kale, zaatar and olive tapenade, fennel and herbs.

The I Like Pig Butts and I Cannot Lie uses Coco Pops to crumb oozing salted caramel French toast with banana and bacon ice cream, chocolate soil, maple-glazed bacon and mascarpone, and it truly deserves stomach space, no matter how full you are.

Cuckoo Callay co-owner Ibby Moubadder is most excited about the new bacon tasting board on offer this year.

“Streaks of triple-smoked bacon, sticky maple bacon, bourbon-fuelled double-smoked bacon and our exclusive triple-smoked air-dried bacon made especially for us by Blackforest Smokehouse hang from a miniature clothes line,” Ibby said.

“Slather on creamy bacon aioli and sweet bacon jam dipping sauces to take it to the next level.”

Cuckoo Callay adds more bacon and ooze with a medley of collaborations throughout the festival. The cafe is teaming up with Shortstop Coffee & Donuts to offer Maple Bacon Long Johns. Yeast-raised dough is dipped in a glazing of maple and brown sugar, and topped with candied maple-smoked bacon.

If you’re looking for love and wish that your favourite food could be the man or woman of your dreams, keep your eye out for Mr. and Miss Bacon’s Tinder profiles during the first four weeks of the festival and you’re in with a chance to win 50 per cent off your Bacon Ooze Fest order.

Later in the festival, Cuckoo Callay creates the world’s biggest Bacon MacDaddy for a lucky group of mates to win. The café’s signature dish – a toasted croissant topped with triple-smoked crispy bacon, 63° egg, bacon mac and cheese, tomato relish and fried shallots – gets the oversize treatment thanks to The Grounds of Alexandria’s giant 45cm croissant. Feast your eyes on the enormous dish at Cuckoo Callay Surry Hills on Saturday 26 May, and more collaborations will be announced during the festival.

Cuckoo Callay hosts the Bacon Ooze Fest to raise awareness of free range, ethically and sustainably produced Australian pork.

Picture by Steven Woodburn