Guests, locals enjoy fare
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.
THE TUKBAND and Mudda Sally entertaining guests during Radisson’s Independence breakfast. WERNER WEIST couldn’t get enough of the fishcakes.
SUGAR BAY RESORTS’ guests were thrilled with the tuk band.
FROM LEFT, Valarie Walker, Shenique Clarke and Daija Walker enjoying Independence Day at Pebbles Beach.