A carnival atmosphere down every lane

PARRAMATTA’S Darcy Lane will be a camp site for Bohemians and foodies alike this week, with the Gypsy-esque La Toosh carriage setting up shop.

Peter Cassey and his handmade replica of a 19th century Parisian tram will join an eclectic array of food vendors and entertainers in Parramatta.

Coffee and crepes will be served from the carriage but it is more than just a cafe on wheels; it is also a stage.     

‘‘My idea was to try and introduce a way of tying a performance with a cafe in a way that was mobile, for a much more intimate relationship between the performers and the public’’ he said.

‘‘And the vibe of the tram is about looking at that sort of art nouveau and transforming that into art and food.’’

Mr Cassey worked in design and built furniture before he set the tram up as a travelling business.

The tram is now a regular feature at festivals, including Peats Ridge, Sydney Blues and Jazz, and Harvest festivals.

Tomorrow night, La Toosh will open in Parramatta as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival’s foray into the city’s laneways.

‘‘In Parramatta laneways we will have a Bohemian, gypsy-type music venue,’’ Mr Cassey said.

‘‘It will be as authentic as we can get it to that European, gypsy sound and style.’’

Darcy, Red Cow and Batman lanes as well as Erby Place will all host food vendors and entertainers for the food festival from 4 to 9.30pm, today and tomorrow.

The festival will resume again at the same times next Thursday and Friday. 

What you will find:

■Darcy Lane: Wood-fired pizza from Puntino Trattoria; savoury and sweet French crepes from the La Toosh tram; gourmet snag’s; slow-cooked meats and gourmet sandwiches by Pinbone; coffee from 3 Ropes Café. 

■Erby Place : An Asian inspired garden under the Jacaranda trees; a pop-up cocktail bar by Grasshopper Bar; food includes, hand-made Shangahi dumplings from Lan Lan’s; Tepanyaki BBQ from Temichi; Malaysian foods from Ma’Leisia and Jackie M’s.

■Batman Lane: French pastries and deserts from Circa Bakery; Italian offerings from Café Sotto.

■Red Cow: The Amazing Rolling Picture Show; The Motel Sisters promoting their latest trend — glamour and the spiritual teachings of LOL-Cats; Italian gelato and coffee.

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