Guests, lo­cals en­joy fare

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

BAR­BA­DI­ANS TREATED them­selves to a day out last Fri­day as the coun­try cel­e­brated its 52nd an­niver­sary of In­de­pen­dence.

And their ex­cur­sions meant big busi­ness for some ho­tels, in­clud­ing Radis­son Aquat­ica Re­sort.

Gen­eral man­ager of the Aquatic Gap, St Michael ho­tel, Gerry Lewis, said peo­ple were there from as early as 7 a.m. for break­fast.

“We had phe­nom­e­nal re­sponse to our In­de­pen­dence Ba­jan buf­fet, with over 200 Bar­ba­di­ans, plus our in-house guests . . . . So pa­trons thor­oughly en­joyed the day, which was sold out two weeks ago,” he said.

He added that the oc­ca­sion con­trib­uted to dou­ble the amount of pa­trons this year.

Some of the foods served in­cluded tra­di­tional Ba­jan del­i­ca­cies such as fish­cakes, conkies, cas­sava pone, bread­fruit and stew food.

This was no or­di­nary break­fast, how­ever, as the guests were treated to en­ter­tain­ment by a tuk-band, stilt walk­ers and ho­tel staff, who came dressed in their finest ul­tra­ma­rine, gold and black threads.

The sit­u­a­tion was sim­i­lar at Su­gar Bay Re­sort in Hast­ings, Christ Church, where guests were also treated to lo­cal dishes and sweet treats.

Group pur­chas­ing man­ager

Avril Clarke said out of the ho­tel’s 138 rooms, about 90 were filled with guests, who she said en­joyed the dis­play.

“Ev­ery year, we look for­ward to this be­cause this is when we ex­pose Bar­ba­dos’ cul­ture and food to our guests. And they love it. The en­ter­tain­ment is great and our food is phe­nom­e­nal,” Clarke said.

Welsh guests Rus­sell Don­ald and Anita Don­ald agreed.

“It’s a great big party, it’s like Christ­mas, it’s nice,” Rus­sell said.

Some Bar­ba­di­ans, how­ever, chose not to dine at ho­tels, in­stead pack­ing pic­nic bas­kets and head­ing for the beach.

A 30-strong group from the Word of Truth Pen­te­costal Church was spot­ted at Peb­bles Beach, Aquatic Gap, en­joy­ing the fresh air.

Youth minister Kur­tis Mcal­lis­ter said he wasn’t the most pa­tri­otic but com­ing to­gether at such a time was nec­es­sary.

“We came here due to the fact that this is a bank hol­i­day and we wanted to be out and since most other places are packed, we chose here.

“But com­ing to­gether here is good, too, be­cause of the di­rec­tion the coun­try is mov­ing in . . . we need more to­geth­er­ness. It’s good that we can cel­e­brate and em­brace our cul­ture,” he said.

Like­wise, Valarie Walker was there with about 20 col­leagues and she said it was im­por­tant for Bar­ba­di­ans to look out for each other.

“The com­mu­nity needs to go back to how we were be­fore.

As long as you are your neigh­bour’s keeper ev­ery­thing would be okay,” Walker said.

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THE TUKBAND and Mudda Sally en­ter­tain­ing guests dur­ing Radis­son’s In­de­pen­dence break­fast. WERNER WEIST couldn’t get enough of the fish­cakes.

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SU­GAR BAY RE­SORTS’ guests were thrilled with the tuk band.

(Pic­ture by Reco Moore.)

FROM LEFT, Valarie Walker, Shenique Clarke and Daija Walker en­joy­ing In­de­pen­dence Day at Peb­bles Beach.

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