We attended a wonderful event in the park on Saturday, April 16, 2011 – The Great Solar Cookout. The day was perfect for solar cooking – not a cloud to be seen, just clear blue sky. A steel drum band, playing under a shade tree, contributed a light-hearted, festive air.
The organizers, Tom & Dave (hope I remembered the names right), did a terrific job promoting solar cooking. There were about 6 – 7 Global Sun Oven’s (GSO) in operation, cooking breads and casseroles. A roast was cooking in a SOS Sport. Dave was demonstrating a parabolic solar cooker. They had even set up the classic sunshade oven. For a small fee, people could make and take a cardboard oven. People were interested in all of the different types of ovens and were amazed and impressed. I, of course, jumped right into the middle of Tom and Dave’s event and explained the ovens to anybody who would listen . I hope Tom and Dave didn’t mind too much. I talked to several people who intended to get an oven based on the demonstrations at this event. I talked to a teacher who now intends to do a solar cooking project with her students. It was a nice event. Thank you to everyone who helped organize and promote the cookout. I look forward to next year’s event.