Carnage in the Corn at Maize Valley Market and Winery is a six-acre corn maze full of twists, turns, and frightful sensory escapades. A vast growth of corn sorghum, field corn, and forest paths create a seasonal labyrinth that will have your blood developing goose-bumps as you turn each corner in unknowing darkness. Carnage in the Corn employs no actors or gross-out techniques lifted from such horror films as Man, Blood, There's Blood, Man; the unknown nature of the maze and the darkness are all that it takes to strike terror in participants of this sprawling center of the spooky. The maze is designed for kids of all ages, within reason, as actual babies are likely to go feral if exposed to fresh air and cornstalks for more than a few minutes at a time.
The family of vintners at The Grape and Granary have concocted vinos for years, and their ancillary enthusiasms for beer brewing and other DIY drinks have led to some one-of-a-kind grape distillates. The Grape and Granary’s specialty Jalapeno Pepper wine ($12.95) saunters across the palate's runway and leaves behind sweet and spicy smoke trails. This particular semi-dry white—sold only in Ohio by buckeye-flavored salesmen—pairs well with piquant cuisines and tabasco-flavored frozen yogurt. A jalapeño pepper luxuriates in every bottle. The Grape and Granary also culls dry wines from grapes born, raised, and mostly educated in California’s Central Valley such as the dry red 2009 Renaissance Wine Cellars merlot ($12.99), which boasts a light body with dry, fruity tones in hot pursuit.
For more than 75 years, the Lacomini family has graced the local culinary landscape with a rich menu of traditional Italian recipes and an extensive selection of ambrosial wines and martinis. Defy conventional pasta physics with an appetizing antipasto such as crab-stuffed mushrooms ($6.95) or zucchini fretto sprinkled with parmesan cheese ($6.95) before pondering the complex tuscan béchamel strata of a baked rustic lasagna ($14.95). Delectable dishes such as the cashew-crusted trout ($22.95) or sautéed veal scaloppini ($21.95) complement a tabletop like a kiss seals a memo or a rose kisses Seal.
It's Your Winery's winemaking shop provides parched Akronites with a sleek, urban space in which to brew their own lip-licking vintages. Novice oenophiles can begin their palate's journey to sophistication by choosing one of the 11 varieties of fruit wine, such as green apple riesling, blueberry pinot noir, black raspberry merlot, blackberry cabernet, or pomegranate zinfandel. Then, the winery's expert staff monitors the fermentation process, keeping yeast cultures within strict temperature ranges like plucked chickens inside strict electric blankets.
Beer and pub food are the name of the game at The Grille on Waterloo. Guests can nosh on a variety of appetizers such as bacon cheddar fries or fried mushrooms, or jump right into the pulled pork sandwich, Cajun burger with mozzarella, or wings with 13 different sauces and 2 dry rubs. They can then complement meals with 1 of the 34 draft beers, which includes Dortmunder Gold or Shock Top raspberry wheat, or bottled beers such as Heineken and Red Stripe.
Leeners' cheese-making kits equip patrons with all the tools necessary to craft almost 7 pounds of mozzarella and ricotta cheese. Packed with a thermometer, a cheese basket, and curdling chemicals, the kits provide dairy daredevils with all the tools to transform a gallon of milk into pizza-ready mozzarella in 60 minutes. Citric acid and calcium chloride jostle lactic proteins into alignment, and animal-free rennet tablets bully the curds from the whey. After a couple turns in the microwave and a failed stint as a personal memoirist, the curds form a cohesive cheesy whole, which can be salted, herbed, and plied into delectable edibles.