Local vendors at TTP lane host a bash baring craft beer, music and more
IF YOU hopped off a tuk-tuk to attend Toul Tompoung’s first block party last Saturday, you would be presented with a collection of party-goers, tasty drinks and dance music all crowding a cozy alley called TTP Lane.
On an average night, this tucked away hangout offers a laidback vibe. Located in central Toul Tompoung, TTP Lane is a favourite of many expats, featuring about 100 metres of various vendors and terminating at La Petanque Bar, which includes spaces to play the titular boules game: petanque. It’s the kind of place one could easily pass by without noticing unless you’ve been there or are in the know.
On Saturday, TTP Lane showed a different side of itself. A warm wave of lights, music, and conversation seemed to spill out over the line of motors filling the entrance to the alley. It was a mature block party; energetic without being too loud, and it provided the perfect space for attendees to sit and chat, dance, or play games.
The already wide drink selection was expanded by the local vendors, featuring specialty cocktails and locally brewed craft beer from Stone Head Cambodia. Stone Head, originally a Thai brewery, is located near the border to Thailand, in Koh Kong. They are one of the few providers of locally produced craft beers. They bottle a vast selection of beers from stouts to IPAs.
Tut Ankh Afood, the first Egyptian restaurant in Phnom Penh, provided authentic food like Baba Ghanoush (Lebanese appetizer-salad dip) and Egyptian green salad to attendees.
Some vendors set up small tables for specialty drinks or food. FizZ, a small boutique bar offering unique cocktails, featured a grill serving small meat plates and homemade punch. ColdCat, a bar and tapas establishment, served up Caipiroska – a delicious mixture of vodka, lime, passion fruit, and brown sugar syrup.
Local DJs Mindframe and Lon provided the music for the party. They pumped out Eelectro, Hip Hop, House, and Funk music to a small covered dance area, which remained filled with guests throughout the night. Petanque, pool, and karaoke were all available at the event as well. The party also featured a raffle, sponsored by Stone Head Craft Beer, with prizes like free beer; the top prize being a weekend getaway at Rainbow Lodge (a 10-minute boat ride from Tatai bridge; Tatai is 20km east of Koh Kong town on Highway 48 and half an hour to the Thai border: Ed).
This event had a dual benefit: it provided useful publicity for many of these small but valuable local businesses, while fuelling a sense of community in an all too often disparate district of the city.
Small local businesses are important, they contribute to the local economy by providing employment opportunities to local workers, and a common love for parties seemed to be the perfect catalyst to bring together the national and international residents of Toul Tompoung. As more events like this spring up, Toul Tompoung is beginning to look like the new Bassac Lane, or at the least an outstanding alternative for people living nearby.
The Block Party was organised by Stone Head Craft Beer in collaboration with ColdCat Phnom Penh, La Petanque Bar, FizZ, Tut Ankh Afood, Bong Bong Bong, and Tongen.ink.