Parramatta Lanes Festival 2013

ParramattaLanes_19I’m super excited to see that Parramatta Lanes is back for another year! If you haven’t been yet, you gotta get on down and check it out. Basically, it’s like a secret foodies trek through the hidden lanes of Parramatta that will have you eating the best that Parramatta has on offer.

Not only is there lots of yummy street food, there’s also a great focus on craft beer gardens, expresso bars, live music and art installations. See traditional urban spaces be transformed into playgrounds for the curious (and hungry!).

The unfortunate part of Parramatta Lanes is that it’s only one 4 days and it starts this Thursday! So make some plans to train it, bus it, walk it or drive and get yourself to this festival of art and food.

Dowload the Festival Guide

Parramatta Lanes
17 & 18 and 24 & 25 October
Time: 4:30-9:30pm
Cost: FREE
Where: Eight lanes across the Parramatta CBD (below)!
Vintage Style for a modern world – The Connection Arcade

  • Sweet Street Bakery – Local Parramatta patisserie bringing you delicious delicacies, such as old fashioned chocolate pudding with honeycomb
  • The Vintage Market – The Prospector Store
  • PoP Up Parramatta – featuring Loukty Puppets (interactive puppetry), Ruth Fattal Haute Couture (fashion and styling) and Unknown Quantity (upcycled fashion)
  • BAZ’s Duo of Jazz – Lead by Aaron ‘BAZ’ Flower, this duo will be playing the great jazz standards of the early part of last century
The Piazza – Town Hall Lane
  • La’ Toosh – This converted French tram services coffee, sweet and savoury crepes while a live band plays music on the roof
  • Café Sotto – Popular  local café Sotto serves authentic Italian food including Italian meatballs and arancini
  • The Nighthawk Diner – Bringing old fashion American dinners straight to the streets
  • Grasshopper – Serving tasty Italian inspired elixirs, kick back and relax in this European inspired space


  • Thursday 17th: The Brassholes
  • Friday 18th: Adam Pringle & Friends
  • Thursday 24th: The Brassholes
  • Friday 25th: Geoff Bull & The Finer Cuts
The Circa Lane – Batman Walk
  • Circaespresso – It’s all about tea with Circaespresso, as they serve Tea Craft oolongs from a kung fu tea set, as well as masala chai batch-brewed on the stove
  • The Rogue Wayfinders – A series of site-specific encounters that simultaneously provide a trail to follow and reasons to stop and enjoy the place you have discovered.
  • Taking art to the streets – Artist talk with Jess Scully, Thursday 17th at 7pm
Just Desserts – Red Cow Lane
  • Adora Handmade Chocolates – Hit your sweet spot with these award winning handmade chocolates and truffles, gelato, waffles and Belgian hot chocolate shots made with all natural ingredients
  • Hello Again by Chrissie Iansenn and Majid Rabet – This artwork invites the audience to speak, sing, or play instruments through a large flower-like object
The Picnic Place – Lane 14
  • Take time out in this garden of earthly delight and contemplate the hyper-real urban flower garden
  • THE LOT: The Rouge Wayfinders – Art and architecture collective based in Parramatta
  • WeAve – Fluoro rope flower garden installation created by Nicole Barakat with WeAve Parramatta
The Laska Lounge – Roxy Car Park
  • Temasek (Malaysian and Singaporean) – This famous local institution will be serving their famous laksa and hainese chicken
  • Lan Lans Shanghai Dumpling – Delicious handmade Shanghai dumplings including Guo Tie and Prawn Shao Mao
  • Spice – Gourmet Thai – Traditional Thai meals including pad Thai and satay


  • Thursday 17th – Cope Street Parade
  • Friday 18th – Date/Maddox Band
  • Thursday 24th – The Morrisons
  • Friday 25th – Date/Maddox Band
The Craft and Cider Garden – Erby Place
  • Smokey O’s BBQ – Smokey O’s BBQ creates low, slow and smokey Southern style barbecue, cooked traditionally over charcoal and wood for up to 12 hours
  • Cantina Mobil – Authentic Mexican Street Food including slow-roasted, succulent meats and Pinto Beans in Tacos, Burritos & Nachos
  • The Beer and Cider Bar – Featuring a selection of craft beer from local craft brewers, Riverside Brewing Company and Batlow Cider brewed in NSW with apples from the Snowy Mountains region
Food For Thought – UNE Future Campus (Produced by the University of New England)
  • Live music, the Philosopher’s Soap Box, the Poets corner and the no-so-great debate feature at this stop
  • The Vegie Patch Van – Disguised as a farm barn house The Veggie Patch Van will be serving a menu made from fresh local and seasonal produce

I hope to see you there!
Love, Festival Girl