ScanFair 2011

From the ScanFair website:


The Scandinavian Heritage Foundation Celebrates 27 years of ScanFair

Scandinavians love to celebrate Christmas. It brings joy to the short and dark days of a Scandinavian winter. Those traditions run deep in the hearts and lives of the people of Scandinavian heritage and come alive every year in Portland at ScanFair.

This is the 27th year that the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation (SHF) and the Nordic community will gather to celebrate the fun, the food and the traditions of a Scandinavian Christmas with ScanFair, a holiday festival and market.

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, December 4, 10 am to 4 pm

Exhibit Hall of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way Portland 97227

$6 adults, $5 seniors and students, Children under 12 are free.


*Scandinavian dance groups and talented Scandinavian musicians from Oregon and Washington.
*Pickled herring eating contest, Saturday at noon
*ScanFair Dance (December 3, 7:00 pm to 10 pm at the Polish Library Building, 3832 N. Interstate Avenue) has lessons for beginning dancers
*Celebrate the 56th crowning of the official Oregon Lucia, Queen of Light, on stage Sunday at 1:00
pm. This tradition brings a beautiful story of charity and love in Lucia who wears the crown of candles and brings light at the darkest time of year.

ScanFair is the only event in Portland where all the beautiful Scandinavian traditional and modern arts and crafts come together in one place for a two-day festival and marketplace. Children have a special area where they can make traditional Scandinavian Christmas crafts, including Danish Hjerte or woven hearts and Swedish Julgranskaramel (poppers) to decorate the Christmas tree.

Eat food on the spot or take baked goods home. Enjoy Danish aebleskiver (apple pancake balls), Norwegian lefse & krumkake, Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, pickled herring and flat bread, rice pudding and fruit soup, Vorm Korv (hot dogs) and lots of coffee.

ScanFair is sponsored by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, with a mission to “Preserve, communicate and celebrate Scandinavian heritage and culture.” People of Scandinavian descent make up about one-quarter of the population in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The festival began 27 years ago as a way to support Nordic language courses at PSU. Today proceeds from ScanFair continue to support PSU Nordic language classes and they also help support the ongoing operations of SHF, which will soon begin to build a new Scandinavian American Cultural & Community Center near Washington Square.