Food, wine and comedy at Pialligo Estate: Grapes of Mirth returns in December

Jane Speechley 7 May 2020 48
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Grab your mates, grab a picnic rug or chair and get your tickets for Grapes of Mirth. Photos: Supplied.

If sitting out in the sunshine with a glass of fine local wine in hand and some of Australia’s best comedians in front of you sounds pretty great, you’re going to want to know all about The Grapes of Mirth.

The Pialligo Estate team is once again bringing some of Australia’s leading comic talents to Canberra as part of the second annual Grapes of Mirth national tour on Sunday, 1 December from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Grapes of Mirth returns to Pialligo Estate in December 2019

Grapes of Mirth returns to Pialligo Estate in December 2019.

When was the last time you really laughed? Laughed until your stomach hurt? ‘Til tears streamed down your face and you doubled over, barely able to breathe?

A really good laugh is like a big breath of fresh air for your soul. I’m almost certainly funnier after a couple of glasses of wine. You probably are, too.

So just imagine how hilarious some of Australia’s leading comics will be after a glass or two of Pialligo Estates best sparkling, pinot gris, rosé, merlot, shiraz, or even a customised gin cocktail?

The comedy line-up to accompany your tipple starts with co-founder of the event, Merrick Watts, self-confessed wine lover, highly successful media personality in his own right, and most-often recognised as half of the Merrick and Rosso comedy duo.

Merrick Watts

Merrick Watts is the co-founder and host of Grapes of Mirth.

Among the funny friends joining Watts this year are Tom Ballard, who has won multiple awards in the Australian and international stages and who achieved widespread acclaim for his work as host of the ABC’s Tonightly; and Dave Thornton, actor and regular panel member on Network Ten’s The Project.

Comedian and writer Becky Lucas will also be performing, fresh from stints at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and on Network Ten’s Hughesy, We Have A Problem, and Nicky Britton continues a six-year-plus national and international stand-up tour, most recently concluding her solo show Once Bitten in July.

Finally, Nick Cody completes the line-up, backed by an impressive track record of performances at just about every comedy festival in Australia, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Soho Theatre in London.

Great food, local wine and lots of laughs at Grapes of Mirth

Great food, local wine and lots of laughs at Grapes of Mirth.

While the entertainment line-up is impressive, including tunes from DJ Pedro Moshman, the menu alone looks like a pretty solid reason to attend.

It’s fuelled by Pialligo Estate’s own fine produce, which incorporates the olive grove, vineyard, orchard, market garden and an award-winning smokehouse.

So think pulled brisket burgers, charcuterie platters and cheese boards, calamari, popcorn chicken and hot chips with Pialligo Estate’s own special BBQ sauce.

Pialligo Estate's delicious antipasto and charcuterie platters

Pialligo Estate’s delicious antipasto and charcuterie platters will be on sale.

There’s even a delicious-looking vegan antipasto platter!

If there was ever any doubt, the wine-and-comedy formula has already been proven, with the Grapes of Mirth 2019 following on from the immense success of the summer 2018 events.

This year’s national series takes in some of Australia’s best wine regions, including Orange and the Hunter Valley in NSW, South Australia’s Barossa Valley, Victoria’s King Valley and Relbia in northern Tasmania.

But you won’t need to travel that far, and there’s even a return bus to help get you home safely at the end of the day.

Tickets for Grapes of Mirth are available now and selling fast so wrangle your group together quick smart, pack your picnic rug or chair, and jump online.

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48 Responses to Food, wine and comedy at Pialligo Estate: Grapes of Mirth returns in December
Natalie GP Natalie GP 7:06 am 18 Nov 19

Monk.. time for another tag 😉

Alicia Brown Alicia Brown 10:30 pm 17 Nov 19

Graeme Booth might be an options for Mums bday?

Penny Perez Penny Perez 6:46 pm 17 Nov 19

I’m in Kathleen Mar !

Kristi Adam Kristi Adam 2:42 pm 17 Nov 19

Heath Maltby - would love this!!

Kerry Bradley Kerry Bradley 9:45 pm 16 Nov 19

Julie Pangalos, this would be ideal for a girls day! 💖😍

Troy Pan Troy Pan 9:43 pm 16 Nov 19

Julie Pangalos I'm sure it'd be pretty alright

Julie Pangalos Julie Pangalos 8:39 pm 16 Nov 19

Kerry Bradley - we could have a girls' day! <3

Julie Pangalos Julie Pangalos 8:38 pm 16 Nov 19

Troy Pan - what do you think?? :)

Kathleen Mar Kathleen Mar 3:44 pm 16 Nov 19

Penny Perez we could do with good laughs, food and plonk!

Margaret Hughes Margaret Hughes 3:12 pm 16 Nov 19

Amber Cook. This could be our next Mummy/Daughter outing!!! Fingers crossed. X

Monk EyBoy Monk EyBoy 6:15 pm 15 Nov 19

Natalie always up for a laugh 😉

Natalie GP Natalie GP 6:11 pm 15 Nov 19

Monk EyBoy.. just trying to increase our chances! This would be an awesome day out

Adam Duncan Adam Duncan 3:44 pm 15 Nov 19

Dimity Sheather should go

Marnie Hodsdon Marnie Hodsdon 7:42 am 15 Nov 19

Cassandra Russell 🍷😂

Courtney Ellis-Beutel Courtney Ellis-Beutel 6:49 am 15 Nov 19

Craig- what could be better 🍷 😆

Moira Clancy Moira Clancy 6:19 am 15 Nov 19

Lucy Clancy, Harrison Clancy, Ben Clancy, Justine Clancy is that someone we know in this pic?

Leanne Staggard Leanne Staggard 11:41 pm 14 Nov 19

MyKool Kelly fancy a laugh love?

Hayley Ann Hayley Ann 10:51 pm 14 Nov 19

Anya PJ.. we need this!

Melanie Dunn Melanie Dunn 10:41 pm 14 Nov 19

Daniel Stoll vino and comedy!!

Kylah Dkka Kylah Dkka 9:13 pm 14 Nov 19

Teresa Wynter, Annabelle Reed Emma Stuart Justine Buist wanna go?

    Emma Stuart Emma Stuart 9:21 pm 14 Nov 19

    Kylah Dkka love to but I’ll be at Max’s first ballet concert 🩰

    Kylah Dkka Kylah Dkka 9:38 pm 14 Nov 19

    Emma Stuart sucks to be you....I mean awwww how sweet

    Justine Buist Justine Buist 10:16 pm 14 Nov 19

    Kylah Dkka, that sounds like a bit of fun. Let's talk about it

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