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JAZZ FEST 2013: Where to eat at the Fest

The official festival vendor guide, plus City's online restaurant listings

You're liable to work up quite an appetite while checking out a night's worth of shows at the Jazz Fest. Thankfully, the festival provides. Several of the Club Pass venues offer food (at an additional fee, of course), including Max of Eastman Place and the Rochester Club. Refreshments are available at most of the others. Beyond that, for the duration of the festival (June 21-29) Gibbs Street and the area in front of the Big Tent (Chestnut and Main) are filled with food vendors. The Jazz Fest has put out a guide that provides a map of all the vendors, as well as the days they'll be serving, their menus, and even price points. You'll find the full document below. Of course, the East End neighborhood is home to many excellent restaurants that operate year-round. Check out City Newspaper's online-only Restaurant Guide for a listing of East End restaurants. If you want to get away from the Jazz Fest action, you can widen your search to other geographic regions around town, or sort by cuisine type or other criteria. Did you have an especially great meal at one of the area restaurants or festival vendors? Tell us where and what you ate in the comments section!

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Food Guide

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  • JAZZ FEST 2013: City's Daily Jazz Blogs

    Reviews of Saturday night's shows, including Trombone Shorty, Gwilym Simcock, Five Play
    The 2013 Xerox International Jazz Festival runs June 21-29, and City Newspaper has all the reviews, bios, schedules, and other information to make sure that you make the most of the festival. EVERY NIGHT of the festival City's music bloggers will be out covering multiple shows.

  • JAZZ FEST 2013: Jazz Fest Photo Retrospective

    Frank De Blase's shots from Jazz Fests past
    This year marks the 12th edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. City Newspaper has been covering the event from the beginning, and staff photographer Frank De Blase has literally hundreds of shots of the artists who have played the festival over the years.

  • JAZZ FEST 2013: What's FREE at the Fest

    More than 80 free concerts at six venues
    While the Eastman Theatre headliners and Club Pass shows require tickets, the 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will be loaded with free concerts -- in fact, there will be 81 free shows on six outdoor stages during the nine-day festival (running June 21-29). These concerts tend to get packed, so if you want a good spot show up early (bring a folding chair!).

  • JAZZ FEST 2013: More than just jazz

    Rock, blues, soul, funk, country and more on this year's bill
    I have many friends in Rochester who have never been to the Jazz Fest. The answer almost always comes down to, "I don't like jazz."