Restrooms: There are no washrooms at the oven site (yet) but there are public washrooms available nearby at Alderney Landing.
Cookspiration… What to Cook?
The most popular item to cook in the park oven is a pizza. When the oven is ready for cooking, its temperature will be between 800° and 1 000°. At these temperatures, pizzas will cook in just minutes. As the oven cools, other items can be cooked. Your imagination is the only limitation to what you can cook or bake in the oven, but here are some of the popular items that we’ve seen over the years:
- Anything you can cook in a cast iron pot or pan (Steak, burgers, bacon, eggs and more)
- Anything you can wrap in foil and place in the coals (fish, sweet potato, beets and more)
- Anything you can bake in a pan (ensure that your pan is rated for 1000F or higher)
- Assorted bread or tortillas to bake
What to Bring
The oven shed has generous preparation and serving areas as well as running water (except for very early Spring or late Fall). If you plan to make pizzas, there are also several pizza peels available for preparing and transferring your pizza to the oven. Everything else must be brought by the visitor.
Prepare for a trip to the Park Oven as you would for a camping trip or visit to the beach. Suggested items to bring:
- Food to cook or bake (Obviously!)
- Side dishes
- Cooler bag or box
- Refreshments (Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the park)
- Plates and cutlery
- Cleaning supplies (cloth/rag, (Tip: pre-moisten a cloth and seal in a zip lock bag for clean up)
- Portable chairs and/or blankets to sit on
- Event tent/canopy
- Small garbage bag (There are garbage cans on site as well)
- *For larger groups – consider renting a portable toilet/wash station
We encourage you to bring reusable items (cloth napkins, reusable dishes) rather than their disposable counterparts.
Additional pizza making items to bring:
- A rolling pin
- A pizza cutter
- Flour or cornmeal (important to keep your pizza from sticking to the peel)
- Metal sheet, baking pan or cooling rack (pizzas come out piping hot!)
Caution: Avoid pizzas that are either frozen, precooked or brought already in a pan. They are not suitable for cooking in a wood-fired oven. Pizzas should be fresh, thin crust, with toppings that can cook quickly. Partially baked crusts or pizzas are normally okay as long as they are not too thick.
What to do?
Planning additional activities can enhance your visit to the oven. Feel free to use some from this list or to think of your own great activities. Or just come and cook!
The oven is located in the beautiful Leighton Dillman Scenic Park in the Dartmouth Common. The location lends itself well for groups and individuals looking to enhance their visit by planning fun activities in the beautiful surroundings.
Here is a list of some common activities:
- Games (Frisbee, badminton, washer toss, ladder-ball etc.)
- Explore the scenic gardens
- Make art
- Playing guitar
- Explore Downtown Dartmouth