SARASOTA - Now in it's sixth year, the city's Taste of Downtown event sent its proceeds to the Sarasota Youth Opera. Residents were able to mingle, sample various foods, and have a drink to celebrate the end of summer in style. 

"So, you get to come around and taste a little bit of something from everywhere and check out those places that you probably go by. We all do that, we live here and we say, oh I'm going to check that out this time. Well,  here's the chance to do it," Director of Education Ben Jewell-Plocher said. 

The Sarasota Youth Opera enrolls kids from age eight to eighteen. For more information on the program, you can visit