There’s more to Father’s day than meets the eye

One of our favourite Father’s day quotes was obviously from some Dad’s Daughter but the Author is unknown. She said “A little girl giggles when she is denied an ice-cream by her mother. She knows Daddy will get her some later.”

We think it’s cute – and very true. Certainly there are many reasons to celebrate Dads and Father’s day is as appropriate as Mom’s days we think – but believe it or not, Father’s day is not just simply the invention of a chain store or a well-known restaurant.

According to ‘’ (so it’s not just a rumour) Father’s day has a clear origin, in the USA at least and celebrated its 100th Birthday in 2010. So we realised that this tribute to Dads is not just a commercial enterprise, but there’s more to Father’s day than meets the eye!

Where did it start?

It’s been suggested that the idea of Father’s Day could even originate from pagan sun worship. Some branches of paganism see the Sun as the father of the universe. Some people, therefore, see a link between Father’s day and the June solstice. The idea to celebrate ‘Father’s day’ however, was started in the USA.

According to the aforementioned publication, Life Science, In May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, decided during a Mother’s Day sermon to dedicate a day to her Dad. He was William Jackson Smart, whose wife had died giving birth to her and he had raised her and his other five children on his own.

The following year, on June 5th, her father’s birthday, Dodd petitioned for the holiday to be recognised in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane’s mayor pushed the date back by two weeks and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910.

Just coincidently and rather ironically, our Father’s day this year on June 16th falls on the public holiday – ‘Youth day,’ which commemorates the Sharpeville massacre and the fight against apartheid that many of our now Forefathers fought. Many of the children who were fought for and are still alive today can celebrate their heroic fathers from that era on the day.

Faircity salutes Fathers

With a number of Fathers within our ranks, Faircity group could not be seen to ignore our Dads on this one hundred and ninth Father’s day. We are running specials at three of our flagship venues on the big day. As everyone knows – a man’s heart is through his stomach so we will be coming to the party.

The Quatermain Faircity Hotel, well known to Dads as a great conference venue within shouting distance of the Sandton Convention Centre, will be hosting International cheese week, leading up to and including Father’s day. Join them from 10 – 16 June as they celebrate cheeses from all over the globe, paired with a delicious 4 course meal for only R295.00 per person.

On Father’s day, you can take Dad there for their Mexican style Father’s day special where there will be a Mexican harvest table fit for a King! For only R295.00 per person, experience an explosion of Mexican flavours freshly prepared by Chef Tristan Latouf. These will include sumptuous treats like grilled Chicken fajitas topped with jalapeno and pineapple and Mini burritos stuffed with beef strips and coriander.

At the Roodevalley Faircity Hotel on the big day bring Dad over to their Country Kitchen Restaurant for a hearty Father’s Day meal, designed to satisfy even the biggest appetite. For the early birds, indulge in a delicious breakfast and beer-shandy for only R190.00 per person. If that isn’t quite what you’re looking for, join them at lunchtime for a traditional potjie and delicious beer for only R225.00 per person.

Kievits Kroon Faircity, the beautiful Cape Dutch style hotel set in lovely garden surroundings, will be making a festival of it with their ‘Father’s day fest!’ This is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family! For just R285.00 per adult and R190.00 per child, join them for a festive market day consisting of a variety of food and drinks stalls, kids’ entertainment, live music by Abreu Band and loads of surprises! Dad will also be treated to a complimentary beer on arrival.

Beyond Father’s day

Of course, honouring Dad is about doing so throughout the year. For a real gift why not organize Dad discounted accommodation at our great Mapungubwe Faircity Hotel for the Josie inner city 10K fun run? From 21-24 September for only R705.00 per room per night (maximum 2 people per room), you can kick your weekend off with an exhilarating city run and end it off with a luxurious stay at this beautiful Afro/French venue.

If music is Dad’s thing, book him a stay at the Junction Faircity self-catering apartments during ‘classics is Groot 2019’ It’s set to hit the Sun Arena stage in Pretoria from 19-20 July and by attending this musical journey of famous pop and rock classics, you’ll also be eligible for discounted rates on their standard and superior rooms.

Finally, if you’re out of town for the long weekend then take Dad to the Falstaff Faircity hotel, also in Sandton, on any Tuesday night until the end of July for a delicious Oxtail treat to really warm his body and his heart. For only R190.00 per person, indulge in a sumptuous oxtail meal slow cooked in red wine and rosemary.

We certainly hope that whatever you do for Dad on Father’s day it is one of our Faircity Hotel group’s excellent specials. If you do you’ll discover what our ‘service by design’ ethos really means and this is one thing that will never change. Check out our website to learn about many more specials taking place throughout the year and contact us for any queries you may have.

There may be more to Father’s day than meets the eye, but with Faircity what you see is what you get, and it’s always something pretty special. Happy Father’s day to all our Dads!