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Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
What to eat

What To Eat At The Cork Jazz Festival

The festival takes place in Cork City this weekend.


The 42nd Annual Cork Jazz Festival kicks off in the Rebel County today and will run until Monday, October 28th.

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival was founded by Jim Mountjoy in 1978 and ever since, has been held yearly during the October Bank Holiday weekend. Every year, more than 40,000 jazz fans head to Cork city to enjoy music from some of the finest performers in the world. The line-up has previously included musicians like Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Mel Torme and much more. 

This year, the festival will help every nook and cranny of Cork City come to life with more than 1,000 artists and musicians, including Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Kurt Elling, The Big Brass Band Explosion and more, set to take to the stage. As well as music, there will be events like the Jazz Jamboree, Jazz Food Fair, and The Artistry of Frank Sinatra audio-visual experience taking place, so head to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival website now to get tickets. 

Listening to great tunes and taking in the city's sights will certainly make you work up an appetite so if you're looking for a bite to eat while at the Cork Jazz Festival, we've got you covered. 

Poké Bowl 

Maki Sushi Rolls, The English Market 

We love anything seafood-related, so we're very excited about Maki Sushi Rolls' offerings, especially as they promised on Instagram that they "will be Jazzing up some Poké bowls this weekend for #corkjazzfestival". With varieties including vegetarian Japanese pickled cucumber with pickled red onion, vegan kimchi, seaweed salad, edamame and spicy mayo, spicy prawns or spicy Atlantic salmon, you'll definitely find something to sate your appetite at this sushi spot. 

Vegan Tapas

143V, Lower Glanmire Road

Spanish food is some of the most delicious on the planet, so we're excited to see that one of the best vegan spots in Cork, 143V, is launching a brand-new vegan tapas and wine menu to celebrate the Cork Jazz Festival. Dining tapas-style is one of the most relaxing ways to eat, so we recommend you try this new menu this weekend, because these patatas bravas look amazing.

Lamb Shank Curry

Coriander, West End, Main Street

It's getting colder outside now that autumn is well and truly here, so if you're chilly after your day of fun, this lamb shank curry will definitely warm you up. Packed full of authentic Indian and Nepalese flavours, this dish from Coriander in Cork is moreish and perfect comfort food.

Katsu Donburi 

Miyazaki, Evergreen Street

Miyazaki, owned by Michelin-starred chef Takashi Miyazaki, is one of our absolute favourite spots in all of Cork. It's a tiny takeaway with only six seats, but if you can't find a spot, take the food back to the festival to enjoy some Jazz and Japanese delicacies. We have our eye on this katsu donburi, which includes a breaded pork cutlet with egg and dashi broth, but you honestly can't go wrong with anything on the menu. 

Cubano Sandwich 

The Oyster Tavern, St Patrick's Street

The Oyster Tavern is known for its seafood, but special cubano sandwiches will be on the menu for the Cork Jazz Festival this weekend and we're very excited. If you've ever seen the movie Chef, you'll know how special this sandwich comprised of pork, pickles and a toasted roll is truly something special.