The 60th annual Portland Greek Festival takes place this weekend, September 30 through October 2, 2011 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (NE 32nd and Glisan).
Immigrants for Greece began arriving to the Northwest in the late 1800s to work in fishing, lumber, railroad and other jobs. Settling in Portland they established their church, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in southeast Portland. Moving to a new and larger church on 32nd and NE Glisan in 1952, the mortgage had to be paid off. The ladies decided to help by holding a bazaar with their handwork, food, pastries, music and dances from their homeland. This was the beginning of what is now known as the Annual Greek Festival which is one of the largest of its kind.
Join about 15,000 other guests enjoying the greek food (feta, lamb, souvlaki, spanakopita, koulourakia, diples, bougatsa, etc.), cooking demonstrations, crafts, and of course beer and wine!
Entertainment includes Greek Folk Dancing performances and music, and activities for the kids.
The fest runs 10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday, noon to 8pm on Sunday. Visit the festival website for more details.
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