Live Music, Dance, and Entertainment: Enjoy the talents of Nordic artists and dance groups from around the Pacific Northwest.
Nordic Arts & Crafts: ScanFair is the only event in Portland where all the beautiful Nordic traditional and modern arts and crafts come together in one place for a two-day festival and marketplace.
Oregon Lucia, Queen of Light: Oregon’s Official Lucia is always crowned on Sunday. The Lucia Bride wins a $2,500 scholarship to the college of her choice and holds court with the rest of the Lucia applicants for one year. The runner up wins a $1,000 scholarship.
Joulupukki, Finnish Santa Claus: Get your family’s picture taken with Finland’s jovial Santa on a beautifully picturesque set, and benefit the Finlandia Foundation’s Columbia Pacific Chapter.
The Pippi Longstocking Children’s Area: Children have a special area where they can make traditional Nordic Christmas crafts, including Danish hjerte (woven hearts) and Swedish julgranskaramel (poppers) to decorate the Christmas tree. Go on a Nordic children’s book character scavenger hunt, discover the magic word, and win a prize.
Nordic Delicacies: Eat food on the spot or take baked goods home. Enjoy Danish aebleskiver, Norwegian lefse & krum kake, Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, pickled herring and flat bread, rice pudding and fruit soup, vorm korv (hot dogs) and lots of coffee. View a full list of this year’s food vendors!
Cultural Explorations: Purchase books, meet authors, research your family’s roots with the Scandinavian Genealogical Society, and check out information about local Scandinavian language schools.
Pickled Herring Eating Contest and Meatball Eating Contest: Match your Nordic taste buds and stomach. In the all-you-can-eat meatball eating contest and the pickled herring eating contest!