Wine Spectator has revealed its 2018 Restaurant Awards for best wine selections, including six in the Akron area.

Three are wine bars: Cellar 59, 3984 Kent Road, Stow; Grapes in a Glass, 575 Market Ave. N., Canton; and 750ml, 2287 W. Market St., Akron. The restaurants are Fleming’s, 4000 Medina Road, Copley; the Galaxy, 201 Park Centre Drive, Wadsworth; and Hyde Park, 4073 Medina Road, Bath.

The Galaxy and 750ml received the Best of Award of Excellence, the other four the Award of Excellence.

Many more honorees are within driving distance, including Lockkeepers in Valley View and the breathtaking new Marble Room in Cleveland, both Best of Award of Excellence winners.

Find a full list at https://restaurants.winespectator.com/.

Italian fest at Lock 3

The three-day Italian-American fest in and around Lock 3 in downtown Akron will run Thursday-Saturday, with food vendors, nightly tribute bands and fireworks on Saturday.

The Andrea Rose Teodosio Memorial 5K and walk is Saturday, along with the homemade wine contest. The Council of Italian American Societies of Summit County organizes the event: http://it-am.org.

Cuyahoga Falls’ Festa Italiana is July 20-22 on Front Street. More information is at festaitalianacf.com.

Music in the Valley

The Music in the Valley Folk and Wine Festival returns Saturday and Sunday to Hale Farm & Village at 2686 Oak Hill Road in Bath Township.

The fest, featuring wine from Ohio wineries and local food vendors, runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Musical performances and jam sessions will run from noon to 6:30 p.m. each day.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. Hale Farm members get in free. Wine tastings are $10 for a glass and five tasting tickets. The tasting area will open at 11 a.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

A wine and cheese pairing seminar is at 2 p.m. daily, along with a seminar titled Sensory Tasting 101 at 4 p.m. daily.

For more info, see www.WRHS.org.

Community cookout

The second in a series of free community cookouts in Akron’s Goodyear Heights will be 6 to 9 p.m. Friday on the corner of Honodle Avenue and Goodyear Park, east of Reservoir Park.

The event is organized by Goodyear Heights Community Action, with help from Goodyear Heights Baptist Church and Heart 4 The City Church. Free burgers and hot dogs, cookies and other picnic food will be available.

Taste of Akron

Taste of Akron will be 6 to 10 p.m. July 26. The event, now in its 12th year, is a lead-in to the annual Arts Expo Weekend at Hardesty Park in Akron’s Wallhaven neighborhood.

Patrons buy food tickets for $2 each, and restaurants and food trucks serve samples for one, two or three tickets.

From 6 to 9 p.m. July 27 — the night before the Arts Expo — the Summer Uncorked wine, beer and food event will be held at the park. Tickets are $45. For information on all these events, got to akronartsexpo.org.

Wine events

• 35° Brix, 3875 Massillon Road, Green, will offer a five-course dinner featuring wines from Orin Swift Cellars at 7 p.m. July 19. Cost is $95. Call 330-899-9200 for reservations.

• The Wadsworth Buehler’s grocery at 175 Great Oaks Trail will offer a Wine & Summer BBQ Pairing event at 7 p.m. July 19. Cost is $35. Reservations are required by July 16. Call 330-336-3588.

• Papa Joe’s, 1561 Akron-Peninsula Road, in the Merriman Valley, will feature wines from Fess Parker in California for a dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 20. Cost is $85. Call 330-923-7999 for reservations.

• The Medina Uncorked Wine Festival near Seville will run from 4 to 9 p.m. July 20 and 2 to 9 p.m. July 21.

General admission is $25, which includes 10 tasting tickets, a glass, entertainment and more.

Proceeds from the event, which also features 16 craft beers, support the Friends of Medina County Parks. Designated driver tickets are $10.

Sip & Savor from 6 to 8 p.m. July 20 offers samples from area restaurants along with tastings. Tickets are $50.

A Twilight Dinner at 6 p.m. July 21 will feature a multi-course dinner with wine pairings prepared by Chef Anthony Scolaro from 111 Bistro in Montville Township. Tickets are $150.

Both of these events include festival passes.

The fest will be at Buffalo Creek Retreat of the Medina County Parks, 708 Hubbard Valley Road in Guilford Township near Seville and Route 93 and Interstate 76.

For tickets and information, go to www.uncorkedmedina winefest.com.

Send information

Katie Byard is out of the office until July 23. Send food news to features editor Lynne Sherwin at lsherwin@thebeaconjournal.com.