The best things in life tend to happen without a lot of planning. Friday afternoon, as we were walking with little fromaggi to visit his new daycare, we bumped into not one, but two sets of friends heading to Dufferin Grove Park for their weekly family dinner. It was completely serendipitous as we were in the middle of trying to figure out a tasty and toddler-friendly place to go for supper since most of our stuff was either in a box or on its way to a box.
And tasty and toddler-friendly we got.
I’ve been hearing about this amazing community event for a while, but somehow never managed to make it up there, mostly due to forgetfulness. What an amazing feeling to experience something new and unique in your city!
Porter: Why is it so hard to get city permission for a bake oven in a park?
By: Catherine Porter Published: May 21, 2010 Source: The Star
As Dawn Vrablic sprinkles corn meal on her board and begins to roll the dough, people are wandering down the path into the heart of
Christie Pits park. Pushing strollers, stepping off bicycles, unfolding their blankets, settling down.
That’s what happens when you stoke up a community bake oven. Ask anyone who runs them. Clockwork.
“It’s pizza in the park,” Vrablic says. “Simple formula.”
Tonight is this year’s second Friday pizza night in Christie Pits park. Organizers thought they wouldn’t take place this year because of the
city’s new permit requirements. Parks staff say it was a misunderstanding and no one ever told organizers they’d have to pay. Hmmmm . . .
Anyway, who cares as long as the wood is burning, the bricks are hot and the crowds are descending to share neighbourly gossip and
sprinkle cheese over dough together. Hooray for bake ovens!