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Move over mamas, it’s time for paella and papas

Move over mamas, it’s time for paella and papas

The sun is shining once again and we at Habis are very happy to see it…it feels like we’re in Andalucia by the Ouse! We served our best and finest food to the mamas of Littleport and beyond last month – but it will soon be the time of the papas.

Yes, it is Father’s Day next month, 16 June to be precise, and it falls on – you won’t believe it –  World Tapas Day! For the third year running, this Spanish speciality has its own very own day.

In Spain, Father’s Day – or dia del padre – has been celebrated by Catholic Europe on the feast of St Joseph’s since the Middle Ages and in many regions is a public holiday. Guided as many of Spain’s celebrations are by the Catholic calendar it falls on March 19. This tradition was taken to Latin America by the Spanish and Portuguese where many countries also celebrate on this date. In other European countries and the US, however, it’s usually the third Sunday of June – which is what we do here!

Spaniards take the opportunity to pay tribute to their fathers and traditionally, they gather to have lunch or dinner (with lots of special tapas dishes) and give the fathers presents. It is common for Spanish children to make crafts at school to give them to their fathers, too. Cards, bows, and photo albums are some of the gifts children give their dads.

So, especially to mark both occasions, at our Spanish restaurant we are offering a three-course dinner to fill the belly and heart of that special man in your life. As a nod to World Tapas Day starters on Father’s Day will be a choice of vegetarian, fish or meat tapas platters. The main course will be a choice of roast or our special vegetarian wellington. And pudding, well, there will be a platter of puddings. Check out our Facebook page for further details and booking but children are half-price (their dinner, that is, not them!)

Paella and tapas in a Spanish restaurant in a cosy corner of Cambridgeshire? It’s exactly where you need to celebrate World Tapas Day with the best Spanish food and Father’s Day with the best man in your life.

And don’t forget to say: feliz dia del padre (we’re sure you can guess what that means!) – adios.


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