COMMUNITY PIZZA BAKE & PICNIC
April 29 @ 1:30 pm
Featuring a performance by Moonfruits!
Come and bake pizzas with us! We will have pizza basics (dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese), space, tools and directions as needed for you to bake your own pizza. Bring your special toppings and your enthusiasm to bake pizza together in a wood-burning community oven.
Bayshore Park Community Oven is a place-making initiative which aims to address food security and community development challenges in Bayshore – a rental neighbourhood with one of Ottawa’s highest rates of new Canadian and low-income families. Built by a resident-led group with City support in November 2014, it is the only wood-fired oven in a public park in Ottawa. From April to December each year, a team of oven operator volunteers regularly organize community bakes every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. At each bake Bayshore residents and visitors from across town share their skills and their food as they make pizzas, roast vegetables and break bread together.
During the three years since it began its operation, the community oven has grown to be a gathering place and hub of diverse communal activities, such as pizza-making workshops, bike repair and education initiatives for children, youth camps in urban farming and sustainable gardening, making authentic street foods from across the globe, friendly competitions among amateur and professional bakers. All residents of Ottawa are eligible to receive training and be part of the oven operator team; everyone is welcome to join the free community bakes, use the dough and simple ingredients of the team to make their own pizzas upon a suggested donation to cover the operating costs of the oven or book the oven on a date of their own choice for their group activities upon a nominal booking fee.