ScanFair 2017

Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season! An event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm, there are vendors, food, entertainment, games, and more.

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!