We’ve recently been contacted by a number of folks working hard to get cob ovens built in their communities. Building the oven, the fire and sharing of food brings people together. Often, the oven becomes the heart of a community garden, or a gathering space for neighbours in a park, and is an anchor for public gatherings, events and festivals. There are many great reasons for such a project, but there will be some red tape that is going to need to be crossed to get approval to build one of these wood fired beauties in a public space.
One resource that we’ve recently come across is called ‘Cooking with Fire in Public Parks‘. It is a comprehensive document covering everything from BBQ’s to cob ovens. This document was carefully put together by the people behind the bake ovens in Dufferin Grove Park, the first of which was built in 1995. They put together this document because they had so many requests for information from others who were looking to build community and take back usage of public space. It’s a great resource, and suggests an interesting approach to grassroots, neighbourly, community oriented projects.
In the early summer of 2014, we had the pleasure of working with the community of Inglewood, in Calgary, Alberta, teaching a workshop to help them build their cob oven. It is the first of it’s kind in Calgary, and a milestone for sure.
We’ve added some additional information to our Cob Oven Resource page, specifically for building ovens in public places. Have a look, and we hope you find it helpful. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, and we can work to figure out how to make it happen. Happy baking!