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Two side-splitting days of comedy and wine hit the Barossa this October

Seppeltsfield Estate in Australia’s Barossa Valley will play host to comedy greats for a world-first, two-day wine and comedy festival – Grapes of Mirth The Festival, 29 and 30 October.

After a series of successful one-day events around Australia, Grapes of Mirth ‘Head Clown’, comedian and connoisseur, Merrick Watts, has curated a line-up of best-in-class wines, fine foods and nouveau and vintage comedy talent, transforming the estate into an entertainment village.

Watts says that Grapes of Mirth The Festival has reached a ‘whole new level’ with the launch of the new two-day festival, after the 2021 festival was cancelled due to covid restrictions. “Missing last year was a bummer but rather than shrink we decided to expand the offering in all aspects – more comedy, more food, more wines, more music and more good times. Although we did reduce the amount of Merrick. That was unanimous”.

The huge comedy line-up includes sets from, Judith Lucy, Tom Gleeson, Melanie Bracewell, Nazeem Hussain, Geraldine Hickey, Rhys Nicholson, Chris Ryan, Peter Helliar, Michelle Brasier, Dane Simpson, Lizzy Hoo, and Dave Thornton.

Some of Australia’s favourite comedy podcasts will be recorded in the Vintage Cellar with a live audience, including Myf Warhurst and Zan Rowe’s hit ABC podcast, Bang On, The Chaser Report hosted by Charles Frith and Dom Knight, as well as Peter Helliar’s You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, and Kyran Wheatley’s Wax Quizzical. Luke Heggie and Nick Cody round out the Podcasts with their smash hit show Mid-Flight Brawl.

Culinary expert, food writer and presenter, Melissa Leong, will join our comedians for the ultimate stand-up cook-off, challenging the festival’s top talent to create a dish highlighting some of the Barossa’s best produce. Drinks expert Mike Bennie will challenge comedians to make him a cocktail that nearly killed them. Live cooking demonstrations continue with Ivan Aristeguieta’s lockdown cooking sensation, About This Much, making its stage debut. The program is rounded out with live music performances, and DJ sets from GOM resident DJ Pedro Moshman.

Festival Hub Highlights

The Grapes of Barossa Bar will host tastings from Seppeltsfield as well as acclaimed local wineries Paulmara Wines, Whistler Wines, Forage Supply Co, Yelland & Papps and Alkina Wines. Tastings will be hosted by Merrick Watts, Mike Bennie and other loose units of wine.

Grapes of Mirth – The Festival is also where visitors can take advantage of a customisable wine bottling station, indulge inside a walkthrough Gin and Tonic mister, relax at the Seppeltsfield Rosé Nail Bar with Nails By Kirsten, get a caffeine hit at the Espresso Martawny bar, get their fill of gourmet food from Seppeltsfield’s award-winning FINO, and sip on an endless supply of Seppeltsfield wine.

Travel details

Seppeltsfield Estate is located in the heart of the Barossa, just an hour from the Adelaide CBD. Return bus transportation direct to Grapes of Mirth will be available from multiple locations including Adelaide CBD.

Ticket sales

General release ticket sales open Friday 8 July and are available here.

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