Derby is a stunning rural village, and is beginning to punch well for its culinary weight (Michelle’s Beetroot Brownies at Corner Cafe are to die for and certainly award winning in our estimation). There are (thankfully) no Maccas nor 7/11s, so slow down and enjoy the feeling of yesteryear, appreciating that dining options are limited especially when it comes to dinner.

Therefore, we recommend that event attendees be mindful of planning your eat-out or self-cater options during the weekend.

Here’s our guide to what’s available:

NOTE: this is a sample from last year's event - we are working on revised catering suppliers and will update this page as information and confirmations come to hand. 



Township cafes or self-catering are the only options on Friday.  See further below for options. IMPORTANT NOTE: Branxholm IGA (7km/ 6min drive back towards Launceston) is the only supermarket nearby and has limited opening hours, 6pm close last we checked.


Enjoy any of the town cafes open during the day, located a few hundred metres from the start/finish line.

Little Rivers Brewing Co. will also in attendance to quench the thirst. There will also be a coffee cart offering caffeination and some light snacks (muffins, rice rolls etc) courtesy of Michelle from Crank It Cafe (chocolate beetroot brownies to DIE for!).  

And of course the Crank It Cafe will be open all day, serving from breakfast through lunch and afternoon coffees and cakes. 

The Hub is another awesome choice for a gourmet pizza and glass of shiraz (perfect prep for the running we say). Or try The Painted Door Cafe  for a good lunch range. 


Self-catered or try again the cafes in Derby, the Imperial Hotel in Branxholm (10 minute drive back toward Launceston), or the highly-recommended Weldborough Hotel (ten minute drive further east toward St Helens). 

There will be drinks supplied by Little Rivers Brewing Co. at the Derby Town Hall for the night run.


Enjoy any of the town cafes open during the day, located a few hundred metres from the start/finish line.

The day is broken up into a run in the morning at Welborough Hotel, where a half marathon starts/finishes at the pub there. Great meals and a range of craft beers on tap and in bottle from across Tasmania. A great spot for lunch or dinner throughout the Festival. Perfect for lunch today, too.



Crank It Cafe - we highly recommend Michelle and her catering with a range of general café offerings from focaccias to wraps to burgers and chips. She also does an amazing array of cakes and sweets, as mentioned the Choc Beetroot Brownie is to die for.  Will have breakfast packs available (pre-booking required) for campers and self caterers, and do breakfast in the café proper. The place for coffee.

Derby General Store – is the first café up from the start/finish area on the high side of the Main Street, serving upi genral café fare, chips, chicken and drink including coffees.

Painted Art Café – a café cum art shop featuring local artists’ work. Lunch with dinner by arrangement only. Worth asking!

Weldborough Hotel – an awesome little pub with a great homey atmosphere serving up hearty meals and a full range of Tasmanian craft brews, including event supporter, Little Rivers Brewing Co. Open for lunch and dinner and the host of the Blue Tier 21km event on the Sunday.

Imperial Hotel - located in Branxholm, a ten minute drive back down the Tasman Highway towards Launceston.


Other regional eateries can be seen here and here (North East Tasmanian Tourism).

The main nearby towns for snuffling out a feed and drink:

  • Branxholm – 7km west / 6 mins (pass through from Launceston)
  • Winnaleah – 9km north east/ 10 mins
  • Weldborough – 21km east / 20 mins
  • Scottsdale – 33km west / 25 mins (pass through from Launceston)
  • Briport – 54km north west / 40 mins
  • St Helens – 66km east / 1 hour
  • Lilydale – 74km west / 1 hour (pass through from Launceston)
  • Launceston – 95km west / 1 hour 20 minutes


The nearest supermarkets are:

Branxholm IGA Friday – 7am – 6pm // Saturday 8am-6pm // Sunday 9am-6pm

Woolworths Scottsdale – Friday 7am – 9pm // Saturday & Sunday 7am – 7pm


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