Derby is a stunning rural village, but it’s not (yet) the culinary capital of Tasmania (although 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, including during the scheduled event Running Seminar - Run It Long, hosted by Majell Backhausen being held at the Centre from 3.30pm


Self-catered or try the Derby Pubs, 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 and munchies supplied available at the Derby Town Hall for teh screening of Fifty - The Movie from 6pm (presentations at 6.30pm, films at 7pm).


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 Derby, then the action moves across to 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 dinner throughout the Festival. Perfect for lunch today, too.


Self cater or come along for (at this stage) pizza and quiches supplied by Patty from the The Painted Door Cafe along with Little Rivers Brewing Co. serving craft beer, Michelle from Crank It Cafe serving up Tassie cider, wine and soft drink and with a live band and the night runners finishing in the mix. Should be a party.


Self cater or you and your hangover can rock up early to Crank It Cafe for a hearty bacon and egg buttie and coffee then run your guts out at the 2km Dash For Cash! We are hoping to have a coffee cart on hand, also.


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.

Berries Café – A nice place to sit and watch the world go by (slowly).

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.

Federal Tavern – the top of the town pub in Derby’s Main Street. Alt info here.

Dorset Hotel – located down the northern end of town on the Main Street. The ‘yellow’ pub.

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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