Grapes of Mirth
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Avoca Shire Turf Club,
Pyrenees, VIC

The biggest comedy lineup the Pyrenees has ever seen is coming to town! 

Grapes of Mirth is heading to the Avoca Shire Turf Club for the first time – combining our three favourite things; comedy, wine & people.

On Sunday the 20th of October get ready for 6 hours of comedy, music, wine, gourmet food and good times. Five of Australia’s best comedians, and of course your host, Merrick Watts.

The ultimate festival day with five headline comedy sets, a host with the most, and some sweet DJ tunes. Only the best Pyrenees wines, with no less than ten local wine producers involved!


The host of ‘Hughesy We Have A Problem’ and one half of HIT Network’s ‘Hughesy & Kate’. Dave is back for another Grapes of Mirth stint, after appearing at the very first GoM event in early 2017. The great man is in great form and it’s great to have him back!

Dave Hughes

Star of Channel 9’s ‘Metro Sexual’ and soon to appear in the ABC’s ‘Rosehaven’ along side Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola. WINNER of the ‘Piece of Wood Award’ at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2019, and nominated for most outstanding show; Geraldine is in red hot stand-up form. A stalwart of the Australian comedy scene, Geraldine has been seen on ‘The Oxfam Comedy Gala’, ‘Upfront: The Queens of Comedy Gala’, ‘Tonightly’ and ‘Comedy Next Gen’.

Geraldine Hickey

Star of ‘Orange is The New Brown’ and survivor of ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’, Naz is one of the most likeable comedians in the biz. Super funny, utterly engaging and adored by punters and comedians alike. Don’t miss his set!

Nazeem Hussain

A slightly deranged girl, known for her dark and twisted everyday observations and stories. Winner of the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Danielle also appeared as ‘Ranger Danny’ alongside stars Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney on the show everyone is talking about – “GetKrack!n” for ABC TV.

Danielle Walker

WINNER: Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Awards 2018 and a regular across all TV networks, Nath is going from strength to strength as a performer and stand-up and is in high demand, both in Australia and internationally. He’s a true craftsman of the art form.

Nath Valvo

The “Merric” from Merrick and Rosso. Mez, as he is affectionately known, has worked at almost every radio and TV station in the country. He also appears regularly on ‘Studio 10’ where he often ruins their infomercials and cooking segments. Mez loves wine, he also loves writing about himself in the 3rd person!

Merrick Watts


Avoca Shire Turf Club

Rain, hail, or shine, this show will go on, as it will take place in an enormous function centre (at least twice as big as Donald Trump’s hands) that will accommodate everyone seated comfortably. If the sun is out, there will be plenty of breaks to enjoy the outdoors with food and beverage in hand. The function centre conveniently opens up to the beautiful lawns surrounding the racecourse.

Don’t drive, bring your swag!

Make your visit to the Pyrenees a truly unique experience and camp or caravan at the racecourse. Kick start your weekend with the Blue Pyrenees Avoca Cup on Sat 19th, followed by Grapes of Mirth on the Sun 20th – all in the one location!

Campsites are unpowered and the toilet & shower facilities aren’t exactly 5 star, but for $15 per campsite I don’t think anyone will be complaining. Camping is available Friday to Sunday night, and can be booked here directly with the venue.

Pyrenees Wine on offer

This event at the racecourse is a regional affair; you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy wine on the day, from not one, but TEN WINE PRODUCERS! Talk about the entire wine region coming together. Taltarni Vineyards | Blue Pyrenees | Sally’s Paddock | Peerick Wines | Dalwhinnie Wines | Dogrock Wines | Mount Avoca | Glenlofty Wines | Wimmera Hills | Amherst Wines

DJ Pedro Moshman

We have a travelling DJ, his name is Pedro Moshman, we never leave home without him – he’ll keep the festival vibe going between sets and after the comedy show. Bring your dancing shoes if you like a bit of soul and funk.

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