Pig Out at Bacon Brewfest this Saturday 27 February 2016

Cuckoo Callay is taking pigging out to the next level this February with the launch of its second annual Bacon Festival. The cult festival, which debuted in 2015 at Cuckoo’s home in Newtown, will now include a huge launch day event, the Bacon Brewfest at Central Park, followed by 12 weeks of bacon blasphemy back at the café.

The Bacon Brewfest, taking place on Saturday February 27 from 12pm until 9pm, will feature a huge array of stalls, scattered across the green at Central Park and within aMBUSH gallery’s workshop space at the mall. Some of Sydney’s brightest chefs and dining venues, including Black Star Pastry, Burgers by Josh, The Stinking Bishops, Mr Bao, Textbook Boulangerie, Mak Mak Macarons, Grumpy Donuts, Tsuru Food Truck, Pialligo Estate and more will be offering unique bacon creations and exclusive festival dishes. The Bacon Brewfest will also see an exclusive one-off bacon collaboration born from the meeting of creative minds’ Anna Polyviou and N2 Extreme Gelato.

Craft beer tastings will be on offer from Sydney’s best breweries, including 4 Pines, Feral Brewing Co, Willie the Boatman, Batch Brewing and Two Birds, and a festival bar curated by the expert barmen at Ramblin’ Rascal will offer even more craft beers in the aMBUSH gallery project space.

Alongside the bar a festival stage will showcase a huge line-up of homegrown music acts, including Cope Street Parade, Jacob Pearson, Tyne James Organ, and Lost Paradise favourites, Big White.

In addition to beer and bacon indulgence, festival-goers can enjoy insights into these cult products through professionally hosted workshops and talks from industry insiders, while an extreme bacon eating competition will test even the biggest pigs in the field.

Cuckoo Callay café will bring home the bacon for 12 weeks from Tuesday 1st March offering a pork-tastic bacon menu alongside its seasonal menu, featuring an array of its most creative and indulgent bacon dishes yet. And once again Cuckoo will be sourcing its produce solely from farms in NSW that engage in sustainable and ethical practice, in an effort to support local pork.

Tickets to the Bacon Brewfest start at $25 + BF via http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/bacon-brewfest/82305. Kids under 12 are free.

Cuckoo Callay is located at 324a King Street, Newtown NSW 2042.

Phone (02) 9557 7006.

Facebook: facebook.com/cuckoocallay

Instagram: @cuckoocallay_cafe

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Sydney Cellar Door Returns to Hyde Park

Wine o’clock officially starts this Friday 26 February 2016 at 5pm at the 2016 Sydney Morning Herald Cellar Door and extends to 5pm Sunday 28 February 2016 in Hyde Park, South.

Sydney Cellar Door brings together winemakers from all over New South Wales to create a microcosm of the State’s diverse wine regions. This year, more than ever before, Cellar Door will put a spotlight on specific regions, celebrating the local wineries, producers and food from Mudgee, Orange and the Hunter.

Joining from Mudgee will be 16 wineries including Burnbrae, Huntington Estate and Robert Stein Winery.

From Orange, Cumulus, Logan, Philip Shaw and Tamburlaine will be joined by 13 of their peers to give a real taste of the region.

The Hunter will have 21 wineries both boutique and larger, including Brokenwood wines, Mount Pleasant, Tempus Two and Tyrrell’s wines alongside a TAFE NSW and Pukara Estate food offering. From outside of the Hunter, Mudgee and Orange regional offerings,

Sydney Cellar Door will also welcome a host of individual wineries including the likes of Moppity Vineyards from the Hilltops, Warburn Estate from Riverina, Warrumbungle Wines from the Northern Slopes and Vale Creek Wines of Bathurst from Bathurst’s Central Ranges.

Alongside the NSW wineries involved, Sydney Cellar Door will welcome some of Sydney and the participating region’s best restaurants, growers and artisans. The ever-popular local crew from Surry Hill’s Porteño will return to serve up barbecue pork belly sandwiches with jalapeño aioli and leeks, and their barbecue Porteño sausage served with grilled peppers with chimichurri. The trendy Newtown bloodwood are joining the food line up this year to offer up polenta chips and delicious cheese and meat boxes, and will also be joined by PaperMill with their creative new fresh rice paper rolls, ‘spurritos’ (spring roll burritos) and Portuguese chilli lamb rolls.

With the 2016 emphasis on the regions, this year’s celebration of local cuisine will see Mudgee’s Baxter & Bird appear to offer up delicious buttermilk hotcakes using local Mudgee produce to enjoy with your wine. Hailing from the Orange region, Franklin Road Kitchen will serve up tender marinated chicken skewers with rice and a rich kasundi sauce. Also from Orange will be Greentrees Gourmet Preserves with jams, jellies, marmalades and preserved fruits to take home or enjoy onsite.

Major Partner, Castello will be offering a deliciously different experience at Cellar Door, the Castello Cheese Bar where visitors can bring in their glass of wine to be paired with one of their complimentary cheeses including Castello Creamy White which goes well with a NSW sparkling or Chardonnay.

Beyond the incredible wine and food on offer, there is truly something for everyone at this year’s Sydney Cellar Door including an opportunity to get involved in some Mudgee grape-crushing. This feet tingling experience of stomping grapes in purpose-built oak barrels will offer a ‘real-deal’ experience of wine making. Head to the Mudgee region area at Cellar Door on Saturday or Sunday between 11:30am – 12:30pm or 3:30pm – 4:30pm to join in the fun.

Over 78,000 wine and food lovers attended the three-day festival in 2015 to enjoy the diverse offering and this year’s crowds are expected to love the grouped regional offerings. ‘

Stay informed by visiting the website www.sydneycellardoor.com.au/, following us on Facebook www.facebook.com/sydneycellardoor and Instagram @sydneycellardoor and joining the conversation using #SydneyCellarDoor. –

For ticket prices, go to: http://www.sydneycellardoor.com.au/tasting-glass-tokens/

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