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USVI Tourism Sponsors Wine-Sipping Festival In Podunk Town Of 20,202

HOUSTON — The U.S. Virgin Islands Tourism Department kicked up a storm at the Katy Sip ‘N Stroll wine-sipping festival in Texas recently.

The Tourism Department was a co-sponsor of Katy’s celebration of its original wine, beer, and food. People in attendance at the festival were offered free food samples from top Katy-area restaurants.

At least 100 wine selections, craft beer, and select craft spirits, live music, and a vendor market were available at the festival held last month.

The Texas town reported a population of 20,202 people in it in 2019.

“Cuisine, culture and carnival were celebrated as Team USVI hit the road to let Texans know that a warm welcome awaits them, right here at home!” the USVI Tourism Department said on Twitter.

Some people were skeptical on social media about how much publicity the U.S. Virgin Islands would get from a Podunk town in Texas.

“Brilliant! No mask in sight indoors. Yet when they visit us we ask them to wear a mask when sitting outside, in fresh air, on our ferries,” Coolest Carib tweeted on Twitter about the event.

In fact, no one in Texas wrote or spoke publicly about Tourism’s participation in the Lone Star State event after it was held on April 17.

Katy is a city just west of Houston, in Texas. The Katy Heritage Society Railroad Museum has train-related exhibits in a restored depot, with an old caboose railroad car outside.

The Katy Heritage Museum features vintage farming equipment and antiques. Leafy Mary Jo Peckham Park is dominated by a fish-filled lake. Katy Park holds baseball fields and spacious picnic areas.

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