Mum had her special celebration last month; now it’s time to make a fuss of the menfolk for Father’s Day, which falls on Sunday, June 18. There may not be quite such a stampede to florists and brunches as Mothering Sunday commands, but we think that dear old Dad deserves some attention too. Cayman has plenty of events going on where you can spend some quality time together and show how much you care, with most of the activities happening on the Saturday this year. Here are our top suggestions.
Do ‘Dadurday’ at Camana Bay
On Saturday, from 1 to 6 p.m. on The Crescent, Camana Bay celebrates Dadurday and all things Dad. There will be games, including beanbag toss, ladder ball, foosball, jumbo Jenga and more, with prizes and crafts like kite-making. After all of that heavy lifting, dads can enjoy a beer garden with a live DJ and barbecue.
Strike a Pose
A family portrait by Picture This is a charming way to mark Father’s Day and create memories. Free photo sessions will be held in Camana Bay’s Gardenia Court from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis, with a selection of print packages available for purchase.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is celebrating Father’s Day with a Saturday evening event at Seven.
Arrive at 7:30 p.m. for a special barbecue dinner, priced at $120 for adults and $50 for children. A Bulleit Bourbon trailer and selection of canapes will get the festivities off to a fine start. Then the family can tuck into tempting dishes like conch and crab cakes, 60-day Bulleit Bourbon dry-aged bone-in rib-eye and grilled jerk poulet rouge, followed by a range of desserts.
Lace up your trainers for the Annual Father’s Day 5k Walk/Run. Also held on Saturday, the event is now in its sixth year and proceeds go to the 1000 Man March Outreach and YMCA Cayman Islands. Whether Dad is a fitness fanatic or you run rings around him, this is sure to be a fun way to bond and you stand to win all sorts of prizes, from Camana Bay gift certificates to Cayman Airways vouchers. It’s a circular route from Smith Cove, South Sound, starting at 6 a.m. for walkers and 6:30 a.m. for runners. Of course, women are 100 percent welcome too! Register at www.caymanactive.com/registrations or on the day at 5:30 a.m.
A Finger Lickin’ Father’s Day Feast
“The island’s best jerk from the island’s best jerk chefs,” the organizers promise. We’re sold! The Annual Cayman Jerk Fest, presented by DMS Broadcasting, will take place at Seven Mile Public Beach. Once again, it’s happening on the Saturday. Head down from noon to 3 p.m., pick up a $10 sample card to try a bite from every booth, and vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice Award. The grown-ups can wash down their chicken with drinks from the Cayman Spirits Company festival bar.