Food & Wine Valentine winner

Delicious food and elegant wines in the capital city of the United States on Valentine’s Day — now that’s a romantic experience.

Jason Webster of Grand Cayman was the lucky winner of the InsideOut competition.

“I got the call and I thought they were joking,” Mr. Webster said.

Cayman Airways will be flying Mr. Webster and his wife to Washington, DC, on 9 February, where he will have full event tickets for the Food & Wine Festival, which runs from 10-13 February.

InsideOut magazine, a Cayman Free Press publication, has also given Mr. Webster $1,500 US to spend on accommodations and travel expenses.

“I’m more of a wine guy than a foodie,” he said. “But I’m a big fan of both.”

Olivia Scott Ramirez, Cayman Airways’ manager of corporate communications, was happy to provide an experience like this for Mr. Webster.

“These contests give Cayman Airways the opportunity to promote the many unique and meaningful travel experiences local residents can have in our international gateways,” she said. “We are thrilled to partner with Cayman Free Press on this initiative, and we’re confident that the lucky winner of this Washington, DC, promotion, Jason Webster, will enjoy his trip so much he’ll want to make it an annual winter getaway with convenient nonstop flights on Cayman Airways.”

Mr. Webster said he will probably see many of the famous sites in Washington, but he’s really excited about sampling the food and wine with his valentine.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

The 12th Annual Washington, DC, International Wine Festival is reported to be the most popular event of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic.

The 2011 festival highlights will be the two-day Grand Tasting — the centrepiece of the entire festival — at the Ronald Reagan Building downtown, with approximately 100 wineries sampling more than 600 wines.

The Food Pavilion at the Grand Tasting will feature local restaurants. Lifestyle products and wine-related accessories will also be showcased in booths throughout the building.

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