2011 Portland Greek Festival

The Portland Greek Festival will celebrate its 60th year this weekend with events Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Northeast Portland.

The event, which features everything from church tours to music and dancing and lots of authentic food, is put on by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, at Northeast Glisan Street and 32nd Avenue.

The festival started as a fundraiser when Greek immigrants who moved to Portland relocated from their first church in Southeast Portland to the site on Glisan. They needed a way to pay the mortgage, so the women held a bazaar, showcased their culture, and sold food and pastries.
 Today, the event is one of the largest of its kind.

It will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Gyros, souvlakis, dolmathes, children's events, shopping booths and live entertainment.