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Vida Vegan HQ’s *Vegan Halloween* Inspiration!

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Hey, ghoul. Hey.

Halloween season has arrived and the pumpkins are out!

Whether you’re picking up some sweet confections for your own kids, the neighborhood, a rather mature costume party or it’s the combination of childhood nostalgia + all those dang candy sales getting to you, it’s time to consider your vegan options this week!

As vegans with internet access, we should all know by now that PETA offers this here list (make sure to double and triple check, you know, do the vegan thing, for confectioner’s glaze and sneaky, sneaky things like that) and recently spotlighted these 25 Vegan Halloween Candies. And VegNews jumped in on the fun just last week with their own 2014 Vegan Candy Guide for the festivities, which can only mean one thing…it’s our turn!

From eyeball-inspired sweets to the contemplation of pumpkin hot toddies, we’ve been poking around the internet again and are ready to share some Vegan Halloween inspiration at Vida Vegan Headquarters (including a bunch of folks from our VVC family!)

Vida Vegan HQ presents: 18 Vegan Halloween Ideas

First up, something classic, yet veganized, this way come…

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1) DIY Vegan Candy Corn, Freepeople.com

Next up, let me give a little “omg omg” and send some thanks to the folks at Vegan Cuts for pointing us this way!

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2) Pumpkin Spice Caramels (& more!), Coracao Confections

Naturally ⸺ or, not naturally, that is ⸺ it’s certainly not Halloween without some creepy edibles:

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3) Witches’ Fingers, Urban Vegan (2011 speaker!)

Are there vegan gummy worms at the bottom of this bucket of candy? Or more importantly, does anyone make vegan gummy worms and have a bag they can send me for some chocolate dirt & worms action? Mmm, yuck, mmm, yuck.

4) Halloween selections from Sjaack’s Organic Chocolates

Ah, something healthy to sink your teeth into, ba da bum:

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5)  3 Ingredient Halloween Apple Bites, Oh She Glows (2013 attendee!)

These are really cute.

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6) Trick or Treat Pack, Surf Sweets

Moving on, would you prefer the following with or without booze?

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7) BOO-Berry Jiggers,Joni Marie Newman’s Just the Food (soon to be 3-time VVC speaker!)

I must have this in my life. It’s utterly adorable.

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8) Shrunken Heads in Spiced Apple Cider, Martha Stewart

Also adorable? (…and this could be my years of obsessive Anne Rice reading talking)

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9) Vegan Vampire Cupcakes, Koko’s Kitchen

Speaking of…

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10) Vampire Tacos, Vegan Tacos by Jason Wyrick via Vegan Heritage Press

There’s at least a few of you planning on (blooooody) pumpkin tacos, right?! I wouldn’t doubt it.

Let’s get to the point:

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11) Stuffed Mushroom Eyeballs, Vegan Yack Attack

The one thing I’ve crossed off my list this week so far:

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12) Halloween Sugar Cookies, Earth Balance Natural

Did pumpkin finally sell out? Maybe. But do I still have pumpkin fever? Yes.

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13) Baked Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce, Julie Hasson’s Vegan Casseroles via Bake and Destroy (Julie joins us for a 2nd VVC in May, phew)

Hello, thematically-inclined bubble tea:

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That calls for some sake in there, if you know what I mean (which to clarify, is exactly what I said about wanting sake).

14) Creepy Bubble akaTapioca Pearl Cocktails, Instructable via Dabbled.org

Real food below! Not candy! Keep going!

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15) Halloween Wild Rice, Bitter Sweet blog (3 timer!)

Yeah, pumpkin, we heart ya still.

16) Spicy Pumpkin Soup (video episodle!), The Sexy Vegan (2015 VVC Speaker!)

One more from Jackie, ’cause, breakfast:

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17) Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, Vegan Yack Attack (2013 attendee & 2015 speaker!)

And for a post-breakfast treat this week, you know what fits the bill:

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Hi Bianca! Hi ice cream!

18) So Delicious Halloween Ice Cream Bars on Vegan Crunk (soon to be 3-time VVC speaker!!) 

Store locator here.

Oh, yes:

What do you have in store? Have a creepy, crawly vegan-tastic blog post or idea to share? Let us know, and we just may include it over on our Instagram!

Got your homemade nooch monster costume ready? Pics or it didn’t happen.

More & More: Vida Vegan Con 2015 Speaker Reveal #5

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It only happens at Vida Vegan Con: We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. So much feedback to consider. Seriously, why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?!

But we’ve done it, and now we are so excited to share it with you! Each week, we’ve been featuring a handful of speakers, with a teaser of what sort of expertise they’ll be sharing with you (and that’s on top of the class topics sneak peek we shared earlier this summer).

As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, experts, and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire. We’ll debut the official conference agenda in early 2015.

So here they are, in randomly random order, your fifth set of Vida Vegan Con III speakers (and there’s still a bit more to come!):

Terry Hope Romero VVC speakers

Terry Hope Romero, Vegan Latina Terry Hope Romero is the bestselling author of Vegan Eats World, Viva Vegan!, co-author of Veganomicon, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, and most recently, revitalized an entire freaking course with her latest book, Salad Samurai. The Queens-based superstar joins us for her third VVC experience to discuss everything you need to know about the world of crowdfunding and Kickstarter-dom. Terry’s also one of three featured chefs on the series Vegan Mashup, which super successfully used the platform to launch their first and second season (airing now on public television!). We’ll have way more to come from Terry at VVC2015, so stay tuned for big news!

 

Jojo Huxster VVC speakersJojo Huxster, vegan.in.brighton More likely recognized as the delightful presence behind the blog “Vegan in Brighton”, Jojo Huxster joins us from the UK, via recent travels in Austria, Japan, and one of her favorite cities in the US, Austin, TX. In addition to her positively infectious and inspiration travel blogging, Jojo runs Operation Icing, her not-for-profit bakery, and recently helped organize the 2014 Vegan Month of Food (aka VeganMoFo). She describes herself as animal loving, food obsessed, body positive and a feminist. Appropriately, Jojo, an alumnae of VVC2013, is traveling across the globe to join us all in Austin and talk all about her travel bug + style, including what she’s learned, where’s she’s headed next, and how to thrive as a vegan while exploring the world.

 

Grant Butler VVC speakers

Grant Butler, The Oregonian’s FoodDay Highly respected food writer and longtime journalist, Grant Butler is renowned in-and-outside of the vegan community for his well-received column as a culinary professional who went vegan…and stayed vegan. He joined us in Portland at VVC2011 as a moderator and returned as a popular speaker in 2013 with a talk on writing “Restaurant Reviews with Authority”, which sent tons of attendees on the right path. He’s heading to Austin to discuss bringing fresh ideas to your food writing, a class you seriously won’t want to miss. You can read his continuing columns, including “Going Vegan” and “Table Talk”, on OregonLive.com.

 

 

Sayward Rebhal VVC speakers

Sayward Rebhal, Bonzai Aphrodite The “socially conscious, totally fabulous” author behind the Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide, Sayward Rebhal is an authority on vegan parenting, freelance writer, urban farming enthusiast and vegan lifestyle coach with a devoted blog following. She’s currently in graduate school in Southern California, exploring evolutionary biology. Sayward joins our lineup again to share her personal story and inspirational thoughts on “How to Deal With Facing Failing Health as a Vegan”.

 

Lisa Coulson VVC speakers

 

Lisa “Panda” Coulson, Panda with Cookie An artist by day and biscuit maker by night, Lisa is admired throughout the vegan community (and most importantly, the internet) by the moniker “Panda with Cookie”, the namesake of her online and touring store, where she sells her handcrafted plush and baby attire. Her familiarity with the vegan world and craft world have made her an expert community organizer. No stranger to VVC, as one of our favorite past exhibitors and all-around super helpful friend, Lisa joins us on the lineup for VVC2015 to combine her DIY and community expertise to discuss just that, DIY Event Organizing. Also pictured: George.

 

Get ready: Vida Vegan Con returns this May!

From Bryant Terry to Ginny Messina, Jill Pyle of Vegan Cuts, The Sexy Vegan and 14 others all-stars, check out the rest of the lineup reveals:

Ready to register? Yeah, you know it. So put in for your vacation time, get ready to explore Austin’s fantastic vegan scene, and grab your spot today!

 Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX

Vida Vegan Con News: 2015 Speaker Roundup #3

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Here’s the deal: We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. We drank cup after cup of coffee and barely had time to discuss our favorite nondairy creamers of the moment. You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. So much feedback to consider. Seriously, why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?!

But we’ve done it, and now we can’t wait to share it with you! Each week we’re featuring a handful of speakers, with a teaser of what sort of expertise they’ll be sharing with you (& that’s on top of the snazzy class topics sneak peek we shared earlier this summer).

As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, experts and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire. We’ll debut the official conference agenda in early 2015.

So here they are, in randomly random order, your third set of Vida Vegan Con III speakers:

Whitney Lauritsen VVC speakers

Whitney Lauritsen, of Eco-Vegan Gal

Whitney is the founder and voice behind Eco-Vegan Gal, the long running video series and online empowerment resource, and a past attendee, to boot! As a fantastically well-informed vegan media enthusiast, she joins us at VVC2015 to discuss making “Kick-Ass Vegan Videos” in the land of YouTube. She’ll talk about to easily create entertaining content, engaging your audience, making the most of your YouTube channel and the ins-and-outs of monetizing your videos.

 

 

 

MMichelle Lee VVC speakersichelle Lee, of Broadview Design.

Michelle Lee is a creative professional based out of Vancouver, B.C. with a fondness for cats and vegan food (check, check!). She’s a two-time VVC attendee who’s joining our lineup for the first time to share her super relevant thoughts & guidance on the importance of branding. We’re talking brand development, establishment, DIY methods, voice, logo, identity and just how and when to hire a professional, and what to expect And if you run in the right vegan circles, you just may recognize her as @food_and_catz over on Instagram & Twitter (and a lot of delicious vegan food and meow-makers).

 

 

Nava Atlas VVC speakers

Nava Atlas, of VegKitchen

After co-presenting one of the most popular, room-bursting classes at VVC2013 on “Monetizing Your Blog”, Nava Atlas returns! Nava is a trusted culinary expert, author, and illustrator who continues on our lineup for two more engaging classes. Drawing upon her years of versatile publishing experience, she’ll be presenting on the pros and cons of self-publishing and print on demand, and reuniting with Susan Voisin for new insights on the state of blogging and web monetization.

 

 

-Joshua May VVC speakers

Joshua May, of Clue.

No stranger to VVC after lending a much-appreciated and much-needed helping hand to our registration table in 2014, Joshua May joins us at VVC2015 to get down to business on the technical side of things and discuss the costs, reach, ROI and expectations about building your very own app. It’ll be a must for all the community managers and entrepeneurs out there, and more! He truly appreciates dolphins and just may have coined the term “scrofu” (aka scrambled tofu). You can catch up with him over on Twitter, @notjosh.

 

Hannah Kaminsky VVC speakers

Hannah Kaminsky, of Bitter Sweet.

Hannah Kaminsky is many things: multi-cookbook author, award-winning blog writer, baker, photographer, recipe developer and food stylist, to name a quick few. She’s certaimly a much-loved member of the Vida Vegan Con family and returns for two very special workshops on food styling and on-location photography. Stay tuned for signup!

 

With that, the epic countdown to Vida Vegan Con 2015 continues! You can check out the rest of the revealed only-at-Vida Vegan Con lineup right here and here.

Ready to register!?!!? Yeah! Put in for your vacation time, get ready to explore Austin’s fantastic vegan happenings, and grab your spot today!

 Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX

Vida Vegan Con News: 2015 Speaker Roundup #2!

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Here’s the deal: We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. We drank cup after cup of coffee and barely had time to discuss our favorite nondairy creamers of the moment. You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. So much feedback to consider. Seriously, why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?!

But we’ve done it, and now we can’t wait to share it with you! Each week we’re featuring a handful of speakers, with a teaser of what sort of expertise they’ll be sharing with you (to supplement the class topics sneak peek we shared earlier this summer).

As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, experts and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire. We’ll debut the official conference agenda in early 2015.

So here they are, in randomly random order, your second collection of Vida Vegan Con III speakers:

Gena Hamshaw, of Choosing Raw

Another crowd favorite from past years with an inspiring, recent cookbook to her name, the lovely Gena is a former book editor turned certified clinical nutritionist, who will be calling upon her years of expertise and prowess to share tips on embarking on your own contemporary healthcare career. Stay tuned for passionate, realistic advice on how to incorporate and embrace veganism in the much-debated “nutrition wars” these days.

 

 

Monique Koch, of Brown Vegan.

Monique Koch is a welcome newcomer to the VVC family who showcases her down to earth charisma on her blog and growing series of Youtube videos. Monique focuses on healthy cooking & family life, and will be presenting on what she does so well: keeping honesty and authenticity in your online presence.

 

Matt Ruscigno, of True Love Health

We’ve got no shortage of diverse, vegan nutrition experts for Vida Vegan Con III, and that is such a beautiful thing! Matt is a longtime vegan, registered dietician, and endurance athlete with an impressive background that includes co-authoring No Meat Athlete and Appetite for Reduction. His latest project is the documentary web series, Strongest Hearts, which profiles vegan athletes. Matt is joining us to discuss quite frankly, (and surely in detailed, mesmerizing facts) how “Science Is Awesome!” and why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism. Get ready!

 

Nicole J. Georges, of Invincible Summer.

You just may recognize Nicole from VVC2013, where she delivered our opening talk on artistry, community and veganism. This year, the inventive, longtime writer and illustrator ⸺ and recent Lambda award winner for her graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura ⸺joins our exciting speaker lineup to share everything you need to know on touring for your own book or project.

 

 

 

Jackie Sobon, of Vegan Yack Attack.

Let’s get to the point: Jackie is a modern-day culinary blogging mastermind (and VVC2013 attendee), which means she’s an expert food photographer, recipe developer and internet personality, galore! She’s joining us to get real on modern blogging etiquette and social media essentials in regards to own path to super-blogger status.

 

 

 

The countdown to Vida Vegan Con 2015 continues! You can check out the first set of amazing speakers over here. Ready to register? Yeah! Put in for your vacation time, get ready to explore Austin’s fantastic vegan happenings, and reserve your spot today!

 Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX

Here’s Your Sneak Peek at Vida Vegan Con III Classes & Topics!

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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.

Taking in the Vegan Professionals class at Vida Vegan Con 2011
Taking in the Vegan Professionals panel at Vida Vegan Con 2011 w/ Grant Butler, Julie Hasson, Janessa Philemon-Kerp and Fran Costigan

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!

 

Vida Vegan Con 2015 Registration Approaches…

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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.

Janessa works the board (and that great hair!) during one of our hard-hitting Speaker Application Review sessions earlier this week. via @vidaveganhq

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.

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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!

P.S. Are you a past attendee or a lovely person who grabbed a now-classic Vida Vegan mug  from our Shop?  Check out #VidaVeganInTheWild! Details here.