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An alternative to barbecues this summer

THE Queen’s Domain Community Hub has welcomed the exciting new addition of two wood-fired ovens, now available for public use.

Reaching temperatures of up to 400 degrees celsius, these ovens will offer locals a unique cooking experience.

“Wood-fired ovens have been in use for more than a thousand years, but the opportunity to cook in one is new to most of us in Hobart,” community oven coordinator Andrew Clark said.

The high temperatures generated by the burning wood in the oven means the direct heat from the flames acts as a grill from the top.

The residual heat from the brick floor cooks and crisps the bottom of foods quickly to form that rustic finish distinctive to pizzas and breads cooked in wood-fired ovens.

Instead of a traditional barbecue with friends and family this summer, locals can instead consider homemade pizzas, roasts, fresh seafood and casseroles cooked quicker than in the oven at home.

Whether you attend one of the Community Bake Days held every second Sunday throughout the year or make a private booking for your next group event, the professional oven coordinators on site will be able to assist you with your cooking needs.

Oven coordinator John Bullock encouraged visitors not to be afraid to try something new.

“It’s better to have a go and try something different than get afraid and not try at all,” he said.

“We’re happy to assist you cook with whatever you show up to the ovens with that day.”

Cooking with fresh ingredients will always turn out better than frozen or dried.

“Sides are just as important as the main meal, so don’t skimp on your salads,” Mr Bullock said.

From October to March the ovens will be open every other Sunday for Community Bake Days from 3pm to 7pm and from April to September 11am to 4pm.

They are also available for private bookings, for a fee.

“I can’t wait for more people to get involved and for the community at large to really get excited about the potential for these ovens,” Mr Bullock said.

“Don’t take it so seriously – it’s for your friends and family, so have fun with it.”

For more information or to make a booking, visit hobartcity.com.au/woodfiredovens.

Caption: Wood fired ovens are now available for public use at the Queen’s Domain. Photo credit: Alastair Bett.

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