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Oh, goodness. With General Registration now open for Vida Vegan Con III and summer flying by in these parts, we’re *so* gearing up to announce the lineup for our third conference! We know we’re becoming a bit of a broken record with this, but it has to be repeated: This was a ridiculously difficult but incredibly exciting process, with many, many hours poring over more than a hundred proposed class topics and re-reading 2011 and 2013 attendee feedback. After a two-month review process, we organizers have put together another seriously only-at-Vida-Vegan-Con series of classes for ya.
While we continue to work on all the official fun stuff behind the scenes, we wanted to satiate your curiosity and share a sneak peek of the confirmed, in-development class topics for the next Vida Vegan Media & Lifestyle Conference.
Ready? Then here’s a peek at what’s coming at ya:
- Building a Smart Vegan Business: Creativity/planning/funding/sustaining & having a life!
- Science Is Awesome! Why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism.
- DIY Event Organizing
- The Ethics of Vegan Dining & Boozing
- From Personal Blogger to Internet Entrepreneur
- Cookbook Writing: From concept to proposal to testing to editing to publication
- The Importance of Design & Branding!
- How to Make Kick-Ass YouTube videos
- Blogging Etiquette & Why Social Media Is Essential
- Your Guide to Cruelty-free Vegan Cosmetics & Beauty
- Avenues to a Vegan Healthcare Career
- The Legal Info You Need for Online Content
- Post Processing for Food Photography, a.k.a. How to Fix Almost Anything with Software
- Can We All Just Get Along?: Finding common ground in different forms of activism
- The Pros & Cons of Self-Publishing
- How to Monetize Your Blog or Website
That’s not all, folks! More to come as we finalize speakers and classes. All class titles subject to change.
Plus, you may have noticed that’s we’re not just discussing blogging anymore. And we promise, all classes are conceived as informative, unique content just for Vida Vegan attendees.
Stay tuned for the speaker announcements and already-anticipated conference agenda! We’ve got three full days of conference happenings, starting with Friday’s full-day (and first-ever!) Vida Vegan Bazaar* with vendors, samples, demos, vegan eats & Lazy Smurf’s Austin Community panel.
We’re also in the process of updating our FAQ Let us know if you have anything you’ve been wondering.
P.S. Look to grab your conference spot? Head right here!
*VVC Bazaar Vendor info coming soon! Check out the Sponsorship info here and fill out the contact form to get more info later this summer on reserving your table!
First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who bought Early Bird tickets, inclusive- and double-inclusive weekend tickets, and contributed to our Vida Vegan Membership Drive. Y’all ROCK.
And now, with Early Bird tickets sold out and speakers now confirmed, get ready for the next step… general registration is now open.
Tickets to this three-day, full-weekend event that now includes the first ever Friday Vegan Bazaar are available now—click here for more info and to grab your spot. May 29-31, 2015, is gonna be a blast and we can’t wait to see you there!
Team Vida Vegan HQ has a dream (okay, and at least 107 projects in the works), and that dream is to one day attend Expo West. From the looks of the Internet and all the jealousy-inducing photos we’ve seen, this year was bigger, better and more vegan-friendly than ever. I mean, it had its own vegan-specific hashtag, #VegansAtExpo. That’s really saying something. Like I said, one day, the sampling will be ours, because it looked like a blogger-hopping blast!
To tide ourselves over until we bring on the exhibitors at the next Vida Vegan Con, we put together this hashtag roundup from the tradeshow.
Hint, hint, we’d love to see all these folks and products at VVC2015*! Right?! Let’s make it happen.
*Dude, the much-anticipated VVC2015 city & dates are seriously, seriously coming your way early Spring, which means oh, so, soon. I hope you subscribe to our official Vida Vegan HQ newsletter! (because it’s an infrequent, imperative source for these things).
Enjoy these highlights via Instagram & Twitter, some thoughts from Michele and myself, and prepare to contemplate: Is 2014 the year of the vegan fish stick, or what?
Michele says: I am so G-to-the-D excited about these, and I can’t tell you why. Fish sticks were always the grossest, but I loved fish & chips—which now seem just as gross. So why do I want a vegan fakey fish? Whyyyy?
…because who can ever get enough of JJ’s Cocomels?
Fan favorite! (And we’re talking about the bacon and our friend Jared)
Speaking of bacon, we sure are A-OK with another nifty vegan seitan bacon hitting the market. Anyone seen this in Portland yet? Or better yet, we’ll come to you!
Clearly a necessity with the non-stop sampling going on.
Everyone (okay, at least three people in Jess’ Instagram feed last week) are raving about these new Field Roast burgers! And breakfast sausages! For that matter, I must admit, I’m a little disappointed when I visit Seattle and every other restaurant doesn’t offer *something* Field Roast. Come on, home town pride!
Cue freakouts. People have seriously been waiting for this. The year of the soy yogurt shortage even saw me breaking out my slow cooker and making my own. I’ve got Artisan Vegan Cheeses to make, people. Fortunately, the WholeSoy factory is up and going and I can report that it’s recently been spotted at the Hawthorne New Seasons (again, here in Portland. Have you seen it your way yet? Do tell! People are depending on you. I had no idea this many people I knew ate so much nondairy yogurt).
Looks like 2014 is gonna bring us even more vegan cheese. No issues here. Let’s push things forward and get some standards.
Okay, you know team VVC takes ferocious pride in the VVC Swag bags, but even we’re a little jealous here!
What would you love to have from this pile of goodies? Personally, I want to get my eager little hands on this and plan on stalking the roaming SD truck later today:
Michele says: So Delicious, I knew you were listening in on my dreams.
Also ongoing: The Vegan Ice Cream Revolution! I’m partial to coconut and soy, but keep the options coming. More for everyone!
Hello, Spork sisters (and hairstyling inspiration for the day)!
Who’s down for some faux tuna? (Karla, I’m talking to you)
And ah yes, having tried Beyond Beef myself, I could EASILY see this fooling nearly anyone eating at Taco Bowl. I’m normally one for black beans, but if this is the future, let’s get started.
Michele says: Personally, creamy foods like mayo creep me out, but I love that there’s a gourmet/upscale vegan market. It’s products like this that help us broaden the perception of “vegan.”
There you have it! Expect new cheeses, fishy stuff, crumbles and even more vegan bacon heading your way (or order it online through nice folks like Austin’s Rabbit Food Grocery and Portland’s Food Fight!).
And don’t worry, we’ll take one of everything for Janessa.
Some roundups for additional swooning:
- Meshell in your city: Awesome Stuff we saw at Expo West, Parts 1, 2 & 3
- Field Roast: Expo West 2014
- Veggietorials: Natural Products Expo West: Vegan Favorites
- HealthyVoyager: Top Picks of Natural Products Expo West 2014
- Vegan Gourmand: The Vegan Zombie Tour at Natural Products Expo West
- The Veracious Vegan: Natural Products Expo West Days 1, 2 & 3
- Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth: Natural Products Expo West 2014
And John, we are eagerly awaiting The Laziest Vegans recap!
Did you attend? Did you have a favorite? We’d love to hear about it!
Hi everybody! The Vegan Food Duo, Carmella and Carlo, host a weekly vegan food chat over on Twitter. This Wednesday, tune in to a special Vida Vegan Con chat at 5pm PST/8pm ET.
From their description:
You can also follow along & use the hashtag #VeganFoodChat on Twitter or other Twitter chat platforms!
Expressing veganism through blogging & media is a great way to tell your personal journey and spread the message of compassionate, cruelty-free, plant-based living. Whether it’s through recipes or commentaries, we all have something to share.
This week, we’ll chat with the organizers of Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference, which is taking place in Austin, TX in May 2015! We’ll chat about blogging, media and how to gain an audience. Whether you’re a novice or seasoned, this chat will be a great learning session for all!
Hope you’ll join us!
Hey! Thanks for reading this update from Vida Vegan Headquarters. It shows that you care, and there’s a high-five coming your way!
Behind the scenes, your friendly organizers have spent a long week thoroughly reviewing and attempting to narrow down 90 speaker proposals from our open application season. Woooooo-eeeeee! First, we took deep breath after deep breath, broke out our 2011 and 2013 attendee and speaker feedback, somehow got down to 40, and we’re now at dang near 30 finalists. It’s been such a riveting, exhausting, amazing and damn near tearful process, to say the least! Dramatics aside, 2015 is looking at one ridiculously knock-out, well-rounded roster of vibrant speakers.
So, please stay tuned for confirmed speaker announcements and get your clicking finger ready for the part that gets you there:
General Registration for Vida Vegan Con III goes LIVE at 8am PST/11am EST on Friday, August 1, 2014.
Your friendly Vida Vegan Con directors will be counting down across the USA, with Janessa and Michele in Portland, OR and this gal staring at a Chromebook over in Brooklyn, making sure things go as smoothly as the tofu cream cheeze on my long-awaited bagel, no doubt.
Save the Date & Grab your tickets next weekend!
Vida Vegan Con III * May 29-31, 2015 * Austin, TX
The Vegan Media & Lifestyle Conference Returns.
Now, want to see a hint of what’s in store (but with a whole new, only-at-Vida Vegan Con, only-in-Austin, lineup of speakers, classes, the first-ever Vida Vegan Bazaar, inevitable vegan food cart and taco crawls, enthusiasm and other shenanigans)? Check out the VVC2011 conference agenda, and expect even more!
We ♥ our Vida Vegan members, and we know you do too! So we’ll be chatting with a new one each month to see what they’re up to and excited about—and steal their breakfast ideas.
First up is a VVC’er who’s been with us since the beginning: Crissie of RunCrissieRun. She’s a mom in a mixed-dietary home (her daughter did just ask for a Tofurky roast for her birthday dinner!), and a full-time career woman, lifelong learner, and wannabe athlete (workouts of choice are running and yoga). On top of all that she tries to travel, read, write, and have as much fun as possible.
Who would you want with you on a stranded island? And what board game would that person surprise you with?
My husband Derek. Cribbage!
If money were no object, what would you like to do all day/what would your ideal day look like?
I would want to sleep in, volunteer at women’s and children’s shelters leading running groups, yoga classes, and vegan cooking classes!
What dinner would you cook to really impress nonvegan family & friends?
A big Indian meal! In fact, that is my plan when my parents come to visit in a few weeks. And a build-your-own taco bar always does the trick.
If you could have a sanctuary for any creature in the world, what would it/they be?
Only one?? Elephants.
What is your favorite word? Your least favorite?
Favorite is “love.” Least favorite is “can’t.”
What’s your favorite breakfast to make on a day off?
Sprouted grain bread with Daiya cream cheese, sliced tomatoes, and a green smoothie.
Would you rather be able to teleport or fly?
Teleport. Why waste the time it takes to fly??
Have any critters at home you’d like to brag about?
Three! A 12-year-old pup named Sammie, a 14-year-old cantankerous cat named Bumble (at least she wants us to think she is), and a 1-year-old fluffball named Ginny, who has helped Bumble realize she’s not as old and cantankerous as she’d like us all to believe!
What excites you most about veganism today?
People no longer find it cultish or weird, and as a result there’s much more interest and acceptance.
What have you been up to lately?
Trying to keep my head above water between work, taking classes, and living my life.
We hear ya! Thanks, Crissie—we’re off to teach ourselves Cribbage.
Want to be a featured member? Check out our Membership Drive, open through July 31!
We’re a few weeks into our Membership Drive, and on behalf of Vida Vegan HQ, I’m so happy to welcome all who have signed up. We’ll start sending out welcome packs to those eligible in just a couple of weeks. So far we’ve got great stuff from Field Roast, Obsessive Confection Disorder, Peanut Butter & Co, and Tofurky…and there’s more to come! And we’ll be running our first member feature on the blog this month—we can’t wait!
Really, we want to thank you for the support. We don’t have angel investors or corporate backing or anything, so it’s between you and us to keep this going and to launch new projects. We considered doing a crowdfunder but figured this would be the better route, just grouping the fundraising with our Membership launch and Early Bird ticket sales, which we’ve wanted to do for a while now.
We’re learning so much about you through those profiles of yours: what kind of tech equipment you’re into, favorite classes of past VVC’ers, and how many of you are already vegan or workin’ on it—super helpful as we build our VVC III agenda, but also for future programs and projects. Again, we’re only here because of you, so the more we can connect with you the better.
For those who haven’t signed up, you’ve got until July 31 to grab these bonuses. But be warned: Some of the perks are limited and close to selling out…like the Early Bird registration spots and individual inclusive packages did. We do still have a couple of the double-inclusives left, so if you’ve got a friend registering and would like to share a 2-queen-bed hotel room, check it out. (And if that’s not going to work for you, mark your calendar: Regular Vida Vegan Conference registration opens August 1.)
If you can’t attend the conference but still want to support what we do, we’ve got benefits like online shout-outs, e-books, blog features, and postcards with love from Austin. Or you can check out our online store and pick up a t-shirt or water bottle. Thank you!
Other pots on the stove:
Don’t forget, this weekend is our first Vida Vegan Google Hangout. Sunday, July 6, at noon PST, join us online for an hour of chit-chat. We want to see new and old faces! Connect with each other. Let us know what’s happening with you. Hit us up with questions you have about VVC or anything else we’ve got going on.
Oh, and our open speaker application period ends July 9—so if you’ve been working on your idea, time to button it up and send it on in! We want to hear from you!
Hey, you know that Google Plus thingy that attempts to get your attention when you log into your gmail? Look, I’m not trying to convince you to “circle” us over there, promise (although you totally can if you reaaaaally want to). You’re likely elsewhere, refreshing your adorable Instagram, tweeting news links and sharing things on your Facebooks (plural, for sure), and don’t wander into Google-social land much. It’s cool, I sorta dig how elusively odd and still it remains. I’m not asking for much here: just a little visit!
On behalf of your friendly organizers here at Vida Vegan Headquarters, I sure do hope you can click on that top right corner and join us (hence our sharing this on our *other* social media channels and this here blog) for a special get-to-gether. If you have a gmail, you’re almost there already!
Here’s the deal: Google Plus is great for hangin’ out. So, we’re having a big Vida Vegan reunion hangout on Sunday, July 6th at 12pm PST/3pm EST.
Simply click here to RSVP (and then, mute the post if you like) and get ready to jump in via video or chat for our big virtual hangout.
Everyone is welcome!
Come say hello to old & new vegan friends, whether you’ve attended a Vida Vegan Con or not!
Let us know if you questions for the next Vida Vegan Con, or any ideas for classes, speakers or new vegan-friendly companies you want to see.
Learn about the very latest plans for our third conference, and the brand new Vida Vegan Bazaar, set to take place on Friday, May 29 (which friends & family and anyone else in town is encouraged to attend!)
Did you grab one of the coveted Early Bird tickets already?
Were you thinking about capping off an epic vegan road trip with the conference?
Perhaps you’re thinking about attending but wanted to see who else was.
Maybe you can’t make it and wish you could. Hey, stop on by!
Save the afternoon (or whatever time it’ll be by you!) of July 6 and get to know the Vida Vegan family some more.
P.S. As of this post, 15 early bird tickets remain!