Fathers across Barbados were celebrated in fine style yesterday, dispelling the notion that they are not treated as well as mothers are on their special day.
Fathers, grandfathers, stepdads and other men who play the father role to children who are not theirs biologically, dined on fine cuisine at hotels and restaurants and enjoyed the day with their families.
At Brown Sugar Restaurant, many families came out to enjoy a scrumptious buffet lunch.
Operations Manager Gwen Cummins told Barbados TODAY the response was overwhelming.
“We had to stop taking reservations. The response was great. I find that for the past two years, Father’s Day was bigger than Mother’s Day. It was a real switch,” he said.
Over at the Radisson Aquatica Resort, the atmosphere was pretty much the same, as guests feasted on local cuisine and swayed to steel pan music.
General manager Gerry Lewis said it was their biggest Father’s Day yet.
“We have found that the demand for Father’s Day has increased year after year. We [had] approximately 250 guests – that’s up almost 100 per cent over last year. Surprisingly, the demand has been as strong as Mother’s Day. For Mother’s Day we did about 250 people and [yesterday] we [had] that same amount, so that’s something positive,” he said.
“People usually tend to forget the fathers but they’re some great fathers and they are being recognized.”
Lewis added that he was especially pleased that the guests, both locals and visitors, had taken a liking to the local foods on offer.
At the Hilton Barbados Resort, fathers also enjoyed some quality time with families and a delicious lunch.