Portland Greek Festival Pictures & 2012 Schedule | 15,000+ People, Food, Music, Dance

Portland Greek Festival
Portland Greek Festival
Photo by Don Pancho Maya

Portland’s festival season is not over yet; the 61st Annual Portland Greek Festival is this weekend @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on NE 31st and Glisan. It is truly is on the best festivals of the year. Great food, great entertainment, 15,000+ attendees, and sun predicted all weekend long!


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From the Greek Festival website:

61st Annual Greek Festival
October 5-7, 2012
10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday
Noon to 8pm on Sunday

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
3131 Northeast Glisan Street
Portland, OR 97232-2501 | (503) 234-0468
Website: www.goholytrinity.org

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.

The Greek Festival remains a wonderful opportunity for us to share annually with over 15,000 guests from the Portland Metropolitan area our beautiful Greek Orthodox faith, our cherished cultural traditions, food, music, and dance.

Each year we award a portion of our festival proceeds to worthy philanthropic endeavors in the greater Portland community.

Authentic Greek Dinners

Adults: $14.00
Seniors 65-plus: $11.00
Children under 12: $6.00
Prices apply all hours, all days

Dinner tickets are available at the information booth or at the door. Talents are one dollar each.

Friday and Saturday, 11am to 8pm

Combination Plate on Friday and Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm
Dolmathes, pastitsio, keflethes, green beans yiahni, salata, bread and dessert

Sunday, Noon to 7 pm

Vegetarian Plate (available every day)
Spanakopita, vegetarian dolmathes, green beans yiahni, salata, bread and dessert
Kota Riganati
Half roasted chicken with lemon, manestra, green beans yiahni, salata, bread and dessert

Cooking Demonstrations

Learn to make Greek dishes and desserts from Chrisoula and George Papas, authors of “The Art of Greek Cooking”, Saturday and Sunday only, 1 pm Admission: three talents.


Imported crafts and gifts from Greece: Rugs, Décor, Textiles, Ethnic Jewelry, Hand Knit Sweaters, Fisherman Hats and T-shirts.

Fine Gold and Silver Jewelry

Traditional, Byzantine, and more designs imported from Greece.


Gourment Imports: fine cheeses, olives, olive oil, pastas, herbs and spices, preserves, nuts, and more.

Children’s Corner

10:00pm-8:00pm Friday
Noon to 8:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
Activities: face painting, gold “medals”, ivy wreaths, coloring, games, puppet shows, and more! Admission: two talents.

Our Famous Greek Fare

Fast Favorites Served in the Kafenion & Taverna Tents

Kafenion Prices

Assorted Pastries
2 talents
Loukoumades 3 talents (small), 4 talents (large)
American Coffee 1 talent
Greek Coffee 2 talents
Frappe (iced Greek coffee) 3 talents
Sodas and Bottled Water 1 talent
Taverna Prices
Cheese and Olive Sampler 5 talents
Greek Pasta Salad and Bread 5 talents
Village Salad and Bread 5 talents
Gyro 5 talents
Sausage 3 talents
Souvlaki 4 talents
Spanakopita (1 each) 3 talents
Tiropita (1 each) 3 talents
Micro Brew 5 talents
Domestic 4 talents
Wine 5 talents
O’Douls non-alcoholic beer 2 talents
Soda and bottled water 1 talent
A La Carte (Served in Outside Tents)
Lamb 7 talents
Lamb tickets are available at the talent booth
Feta Dip and Vegetables 4 talents
Greek Village Salad and Bread 4 talents
Cheese and Olive Sampler 4 talents
Greek Pasta Salad and Bread 4 talents
Pre-packaged Pastries
Package of 6 $9.00
Package of 8 $11.00
Combination (variety of 7) $10.00
Bougasta (package of 6 & 8) $9.00 & $11.00
Diples (package of 4) $7.00
Koulourakia $7.00 per dozen
Paximadia $8.00 per dozen
Tsoureki (sweetened bread) $10.00
$1.00 donation per ticket.
Ethos Bookstore

Located in the church hall. Books, icons, music.

Greek Folk Dance Schedule

Friday, 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm
Saturday,1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:00 pm
Sunday, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 4:30 pm, and 5:30 pm

Performances take place on the 31st Avenue dance stage. Performance times noted in bold take place in the dining room.

Tours and Presentations of the Church
Guided tour 12:00 noon
Video – “Beginnings” 1:00pm
Guided Tour 2:00pm
Video – “Byzantium” 3:00pm
Guided Tour 4:00pm
Video – “A Hidden Treasure” 5:00pm
Daily Vespers 6:00pm
Questions and Answers Session 7:00pm
Sunday Services
Orthros (Matins) 8:45am
Divine Liturgy 10:00am
Vespers 6:00pm

Visitors, please observe and respect a strict code of conduct in the sanctuary, our place of worship. No food, drinks, chewing gum, or loud talking. Thank you.

Guide to Greek Pastries

Delicately thin pastry leaves (filo) spread with butter and filled with a walnut/spice mixture and topped with syrup.

A custard type filling in filo. Topped with honey, cinnamon and powdered sugar.

A delicate butter and egg pastry deep-fried and dipped in honey. Sprinkled with spices and nuts.

Kadaifi dough with butter, chopped walnuts, cinnamon and cloves, topped with a honey syrup.

Spiced walnut honey cake.

An all butter and egg braided cookie. Not overly sweet and good with coffee.

Spiced Orange Koulourakia
A braided cookie make with pure vegetable shortening and spices.

An all-butter and egg yolk shortbread-type cookie flavored with brandy and dusted heavily with powdered sugar.

An orange-flavored cookie spiced with cinnamon. Dipped in honey and sprinkled with nuts.

Pasta Flora
An all-butter cookie with an apricot filling.

Choose one of the five flavors of this Greek biscuit: lemon, orange, amaretto, anise, or chocolate.

Rolled filo with walnuts and spice mixture, topped with honey syrup and chocolate.

Braided sweet bread, make with eggs, milk, sugar, and butter.


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3 Responses to Portland Greek Festival Pictures & 2012 Schedule | 15,000+ People, Food, Music, Dance

  1. KitKatpdx October 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    YES ….love love GREEK foods! YUMMY I so wanna go to this!! LAMB & Baklava, dancing and fun!!

  2. Jeff B. October 4, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    I would love to attend the Greek Festival. My wife is of Greek desent (Paristropolis) and she has never been to such an event.. Please send us!

  3. Pat October 7, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Not enough seating – especially for handicap people
    and not much entertainment and not much food for the money- the gyros had like processed lamb.

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