Author: jess sconé
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!
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!
Your time has come! To break out those big ideas and fill out a very, very special form.
Do you have something to say about Vegan Parenting & Family Life? Starting your own Vegan Business? The future of Technology? Community Development (whether online or IRL)? Running a blog for a decade without going crazy? And going crazy? Food Styling? Photography? Cruelty-Free Fashion? Publishing? Veganism, Gender & Sexuality? We want to hear it!
Janessa, Michele and myself have put together a beautiful, long (and honestly, beautifully long) list of topics that we’d love to see come to the third Vida Vegan Conference and folks have certainly been asking for. Check it out over here, read a bunch more about what we’re looking for, including the speaking requirements, and apply!
Frankly, my unofficial, not-so-ridiculous estimate is that we’ve received roughly two emails a week about wanting to speak at the third conference since we closed the application to speak at VVC2013—on top of seeking a rad mix of new and returning speakers, so it looks like the competition will be fiercer than ever! (Thanks for letting me have this reality competition-hosting moment.)
Vida Vegan Con III is set for May 29-31, 2015 in Austin, TX.
So much more, including the first-ever Membership Drive (which means a brand spanking new Vida Vegan Membership program and those coveted conference early bird rates) official locations, travel advice and sponsorship opportunities, coming soon!
The deadline to apply is July 9.
Hello, hello! Vida Vegan Headquarters is back with some really big news that will hopefully bring even more folks to future Vida Vegan Cons!
We’re introducing the new Vida Vegan Street Team, and all are welcome to join!
Trust me, your friendly organizers are no strangers to budgeting (here’s something you don’t see on Instagram: all the dang bowls of clean-out-the-fridge lentil soup I eat), and we totally get that registration costs are simply not in everyone’s budget. Once again, we will be offering full registration scholarships and relying on some very special assistants as we run around a new city, but we wanted to make it possible to volunteer and actually attend all the classes you want. The Vida Vegan Street Team concept is here to make that happen.
In return, based on the number of hours and type of activity you’re able to contribute over 2014-2015, Vida Vegan offers a special token of our appreciation: a point system to earn big discounts—and potentially cover the entire cost of registration for Vida Vegan Con III. Full details over here.
Interested? Read that link above and sign up by filling out this quick form. Potential speakers are welcome to come on board!
Oh, okay. We bet you’re wondering and we’re this close to announcing the GIANT news of just when and where our third conference will take place. We can’t say it seriously enough: if you’re signed up for our newsletter, you will hear it first!
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!
Love it or hate it, there are less than 24 hours to mentally prepare for another Valentine’s Day.
Whether you’re staying in with a mail order from Lagusta’s Luscious and Casablanca, off to a romantic dinner, attempting to say the phrase “Galentine’s Day” out loud, or making tots and deciding to conquer a few seasons of Game of Thrones, Valentine’s Day is about love and celebrating’ that special day with yourself, your loved ones, or your cat. In any case, we hope you spend the day in an enjoyable manner with only a smattering of pink confetti and a bit of thanks in your heart for the people you love.
Here are some ideas from all of us at Vida Vegan Headquarters on a variety of ways to make the evening special, and some topics to tackle blogging (whether you have a bit of spare time tomorrow, decide to Instagram dinner, or tackle writing about it all next week):
- Find those cookie cutters. Yes, you could easily make heart-shaped pancakes or a cake or even polenta/quinoa molds, but how about dinosaurs? Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?! Plus, it really gets you thinking about the past and future, so ring-a-ding-ding…or, just figure out how to make every single thing you eat that day heart-shaped.
- Sneaky, sneaky. Does your significant other or bff(s) read your blog? Probably. Maybe (or maybe they say they do). Try posting about something TOTALLY different than what you actually have planned. Surprise, surprise.
- Go big and go garlic. Roasted garlic lasagna and garlic bread sounds lovely. It’s called intimacy, right?
- DIY V-Day Craft Ideas: Make your own science-y valentine, like these! Subversive Cross Stitch is always there for you. Um…therapeutic pin cushion?
- You Time.Stay in, say screw it, and pop in (okay, stream) some cheesy ‘80s horror and actually pop some popcorn while you brush your cat’s hair. We know you have at least one cat.
- Date Night. Go on, go out to dinner at a vegan (or vegan-friendly) restaurant if you want to! Whether it’s a fancy date, take out, a dive bar, or a slice, you deserve it.
- We Get You. Seriously, have dinner with your cat. Serve everything in wine glasses.
- Schadenfreude. Share your worst adolescent breakup story, that horrible Roxette song that was somehow “yours,” and recreate (veganize) the mall-food-court super deluxe cheese fries you shared on your first date.
- Your Soundtrack: Get down with your single self with Spotify’s ‘Singleton’ playlist. Or, if you’ve got a sweetie, annoy them with these Spotify love song playlists while makin’ dinner or makin’ out.
- Break Out the Candles. Any night’s an excuse for a lovely homemade, vegan meal for two (or three, or whatever’s your bag), V Day’s the big leagues. Here are some romantic recipe ideas to get you inspired:
- Seitan & Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup via The PPK
- Shaved Brussels Sprout with Whole Grain Mustard Sauce via Vedge Restaurant
- Candle 79’s Vegan Paella via City Spoonful
- Allison Rivers Samson’s Double Cheese Lasagna via VegNews
- Portobello’s Cashew Cream Pizza via Serious Eats
- When in doubt, just beet it. via Pinterest
- Ancho Chocolate Pie via Vegan Secret Supper (Jess note: this book is mesmerizing!)
I know, one mere dessert recipe?! As if you don’t have something already up your sleeve.
Rest assured, #11 is an honorary mention (aka one big duh) for thematically-inclined bubbles, cocktails & mocktails, of course.