Taste of Downtown Burbank: Food Network and Top Chef contestants in a four block food fest

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Some decades ago, Johnny Carson, Rowan and Martin, and Gary Owens used to joke about “beautiful downtown Burbank” because frankly, it was an oxymoron.  Well, times they are a changin’ — the years have been good to this once sleepy town that’s now featuring The 7th Annual Taste of Downtown Burbank this Thursday, October 7 from 5:30pm-9:30pm.

This  four block food fest will feature fare from over 40 Burbank restaurants with cuisines from around the world — bruschetta, pasta, burgers, sushi, steak, tapas, tacos and more from over 40 Burbank restaurants.  Included in this stretch are live musical and comedy performances, as well as a beer and wine garden.

Highlights include  Burbank’s Cupcakes & Company owner Maryanne Tongko from the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars; retired LAPD Swat team member and Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown contestant Rick Massa who will give a demonstration of his winning recipe, the Cheese Lover’s 5 Cheese Mac & Cheese; Bravo’s Top Chef “Cheftestant” Nikki Cascone who will give a demonstration showcasing sustainable & organic cooking practices. A trained sommelier, Cascone will also speak on sustainable food and wine pairings; and Merrill Shindler, the acclaimed host of Feed Your Face on Talk Radio 790 KABC, will join Cascone on stage, to give out his award for the event’s tastiest booth.

Ticket prices: $25 all you can eat; $35 all you can eat and the Beer and Wine garden; children 12 and under $10. Tickets give access to unlimited food samples, chef demos, competitions and live entertainment. Proceeds  will benefit the the Burbank Community YMCA financial assistance program.For information on these and other event updates, please call 818.238.5180 or visit www.tasteofdowntownburbank.com

Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find. Email: Karen@mydailyfind.com

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.