National Bacon Day
Sydney favourites like Nomad, Cuckoo Callay and Sixpenny are all serving one-off bacon-heavy dishes for National Bacon Day.
The pandemic has impacted countless celebrations. Birthdays have been postponed, weddings got cancelled, some people spent Christmas in lockdown. But one national day the pandemic won't stand in the way of is National Bacon Day.
Saturday, September 4 marks International Bacon Day and, locally, an all-star lineup of restaurants and suppliers have assembled to provide one-off menu items that go extra heavy on the bacon. Among those participating are Colin Fassnidge, Nomad, Sixpenny, Bistro Rex, and Cuckoo Callay.
Nomad will serve a bacon, leek, manchego and Manjimup truffle pie, Sixpenny, who recently launched delivery, will be baking a presumably next-level take on the classic Aussie cheese and bacon scroll, Cronulla's Blackwood Pantry is making B&Es available for delivery via UberEats, and Good Ways Deli is crafting an elevated take on the bacon butty with streaky bacon, Pepe Saya butter and brown sauce on a ciabatta roll.
Swing past the Surry Hills outpost of Cuckoo Callay and nab a bacon and manchego potato cake with artery-hardening bacon fat asparagus, poached egg, bacon hollandaise and crispy onion, or order a three-course Father's Day mystery meal from Colin Fassnidge.
National Bacon Day isn't just an excuse to get neck-deep in bacon; it's (other) purpose is to promote locally sourced pork.
"We do our best to use only Australian produce and with animal products there are no exceptions," says Good Ways Deli's Jordan McKenzie. "Buying local goes a long way towards using less resources, less plastic, and meaning farmers and producers get paid properly."
Jacqui Challinor of Nomad echoed this sentiment, saying: "Now is such an important time to get behind our Aussie farmers and give them some much needed support. With the restaurant and export industries suffering so heavily right now, the farmers are feeling the full effects of this. Eating bacon is a pretty enjoyable way of showing them some love of I do say so myself."
Jacqui Challinor is a wise woman.