Cook together

Eat together

Be together

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Everyone deserves to belong.

Our mission is to re-imagine how we connect to each other and the land through the magic of food and fire.

We are committed to creating a joyful space for all to people cook together, eat together, and share stories.

Join us in re-imagining how we connect and build community through the power of food and fire.

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From the Community

While food nourishes us, many of us also have a rocky relationship with food. For me, the Oven has been a place to work on repairing that relationship. When people come together with their own foods and recipes, it’s a chance to try new dishes and explore new flavours. When I bring food I’ve made to share during events like Taco night, it let’s me take pride in how far I’ve come with my cooking and my relationship with food. Each time I show up to the oven I find a beautiful community where I can challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone while connecting over incredible food experiences.

Rachel Sparling

Acadia University Student

My name is Sarah and this is my third year as a fire master. I love the whole idea of the oven–a place where everyone in our community is welcome to come together, to cook and to share food, to meet new people, to experiment and to learn, all in a very relaxed, fun and supportive environment. Don’t know how to cook pizza in a wood-fired oven? Don’t worry; neither did I when I first volunteered to be a fire master. We learn by doing and the fire masters are there to guide you. So come on over–I hope to see you soon!



I have experienced the oven as a warm place to connect and build relationships in community. Food and a hot fire bring people together like nothing else, and I’ve had the pleasure to meet so many people at the oven, coming together to learn and share. The oven facilitates the public park space as being one of community connection, and these relationships always centre on sharing and learning together. Every time I’m at the oven, I learn something new, and often get to share something – a trick to handling dough, a pita technique, a delicious recipe idea, a piece of fresh pizza, a borrowed knife, etc. The oven builds community connection and local food knowledge, and helps encourage relationships based on sharing and being in community together. The oven is one of my favourite places to be, and it reminds me that accessible community food hubs like this are vital for community resilience.

Caroline Beddoe

Volunteer Firemaster/Oven Patron

Oven patrons are our monthly donors committed to making an impact and ending the belonging and social isolation crisis through the magic of food, fire, story, and connection.

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