Come for the Scandinavian food, crafts, and the 55th crowning of Oregon’s Lucia Queen of Light. Stay for the Pickled Herring Eating Contest at noon Saturday.
The fair is on the 3rd floor of the Smith Memorial Center (1825 SW Broadway). Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and children under 12 get in free.
The event raises funds for PSU Nordic language classes and the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, the mission of which is to preserve, communicate and celebrate Scandinavian heritage and culture.
Though primarily a holiday bazaar, there is an impressive entertainment lineup, including live traditional music and folk dancing performances and classes.
Our favorite part of the fair, however, is the annual pickled herring eating contest! We were out of town last year, but in 2008 we witnessed Nick Capri’s impressive win (see video below!). He took home as a prize a bottle of Krogstad Aquavit, made by Portland’s House Spirits.