Tasmania is known for its bespoke and unique events, and Derby is now gearing up to host a new and exciting mountain bike festival in April next year.
Derbyfest will take place on April 23 and 24 in 2022, with the event celebrating all things mountain biking, showcasing regional produce and the area’s mountain biking trails.
The festival will include bike skills sessions, group rides, craft beer, food, wine, music, daily yoga sessions, mountain bike products, competitions, demo bikes, test rides and entertainment.
Run by Dorset Council and Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails, the festival is fast becoming a must-do annual event for Australian and international mountain bike enthusiasts.
A government source said that the 2022 event is expected to attract more than 2,500 visitors and provide “a much needed boost to the local economy.”
The Tasmanian government is spending $135,000 over three years through the Major Event Partnerships Program to support Derbyfest.
“It’s fantastic to see tickets for the 2022 event now on sale and I commend the organisers for their hard work in delivering a COVID-safe Derbyfest in 2022,” said Sarah Courtney, Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Events.
Under current regulations the festival capacity is limited to 2,000 attendees per day.
In a slight complication, the name Derby Fest (as two words) is also used by another event. Queensland’s Derby Fest at Mt Warren is a festival of roller derby over three days in January.
For more information on the Tasmanian event, visit the Ride Blue Derby site. You can book tickets at https://www.ticketebo.com.au/dorset-council/derbyfest-2022.html.