Author: jess sconé
Or rather, here are some photos of a few classes at the Vida Vegan Conference that julia Legume found the time (and interest! and passion!) to attend, or at least pop in on. Fortunately, she just so happened to break a cardinal rule of vegan blogging by forgetting her own, and wound up using this organizer’s camera throughout the weekend, so here we go:
Vegan Professionals in a Non-Vegan World with Grant Butler, Fran Costigan, Julie Hasson and Janessa Philemon-Kerp
Fran blowing everyone away, as usual
Packed house, as with every class I heard about
Biting Off More Than You Should Chew, a open discussion group…with Ryan Patey
Ryan Patey of T.O.F.U. Magazine
Opening their ears & minds. Here’s Erica’s recap on Sews Before Bros.
Isa poses a deep question.
The Zine Workshop
Brainstorming their next zines…
Joanna Vaught, Kittee Berns and Amey Mathews, our VVC zine experts. Here are Joanna’s recent post on zine-making.
Amey Mathews illustrates her own holiday zines, and assembled the lovely Vida Vegan Unofficial Cookzine
Peeking in to the wildly popular Monetizing Your Blog with Nava Atlas and Susan Voisin
Aka the ‘existential social media support group’….because how can one stay sane (and blogging) in the short-form revolution?
The library was such a special, intimate space for these discussion groups.
The Return of Vegan Battle Royale: The Vegan GameShow with Kittee Berns, Amey Mathews and Mo Martin
And…..that’s all that exists in my archives. One day, there will be a Vida of some sort that I can sit through an entire class that’s not my own — mark my words!
Til then, I’ll live vicariously through the recaps. Please note, this was but a small fraction of the nearly 40 classes throughout the three day weekend.
Here’s a quick handful for everyone else who couldn’t make it or simply wanted to attend more classes:
Vida Vida Vegan, Bittersweet Blog
12 Lessons I Learned from Vida Vegan Con, Lazy Smurf’s Guide
Vida Vegan Con 2013: The Food, The People, The Fun!, Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen
A Love Letter to Vida Vegan Con, Cadry’s Kitchen
The 2013 VVC Mega Recap Post, Freeheel Vegan
Vida Vegan Con 2013 tag, Good Good Things
Vida Vegan Con tag, The Gay Vegans
Vida Vegan Con tag, VeganNoms
Apparently I’m supposed to go off and celebrate aging tonight, so it’s time for a quick Now & Then glimpse into the VVC memory bank, looking back at the rooms where everything but the classes took place at both Vida Vegan Conferences.
We’re talking the main ballrooms, which housed meals, opening & closing talks, announcements, exhibitors and receptions. We had a lot of fun pulling off VVC2011 in its first year, and then absolutely fell in love with the Portland Art Museum once we quickly began location scouting and planning the next one, realizing that we had to fit a lot more folks & room for exhibitors in.
Do you remember both of them?
VVC2011 at University Place: roughly 150 attendees jam-packed into into this Portland State conference center
VVC2013: quite grander inside the Kridel Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum with nearly 300 in attendance
As always, we like to get creative with our space — it’s a must!
What’s next? Why, you’ll have to wait and see…we’re always on the lookout for new event spaces, in Portland and beyond (and then some!)
Feel free to send suggestions our way!
Hey there! Welcome to the first edition of our Summertime Q & A series at Vida Vegan Headquarters! This series will give a glimpse into our past alumni’s upcoming projects, seasonal shenanigans and reveal what they really learned at VVC2013. They’re sharing which class sticks out in their minds so many months later, and just what they’d like to see more and less of in vegan blogging, a question that’s always on our minds.
First up, we’re joined by the one-and-only Bianca Phillips, of long-time vegan favorite blog, Vegan Crunk.
So Bianca, what have you been up to this summer?
Traveling to various VegFests to promote Cookin’ Crunk, picnicking with friends, went to Bonnaroo.
Why did you decide to attend Vida Vegan Con II?
Because Vida Vegan Con I was, like, the best couple of days of my life! For real! And II was just as amazing! Loved seeing all my old blogger friends and meeting new people.
Looking back, what was the most memorable class?
Definitely Susan V’s advanced photography class
How has your blog changed since the three-day conference?
Hmmm….I wish I had a better answer here. It hasn’t changed at all. I really could use a re-design. Maybe one day soon.
How did VVC2013 affect your culinary style and home cooking?
I’ve been making the hell out of some Soy Curls.
Who were you really excited to meet?
Any nice surprises you’d like to share? Special memories of VVC2013?
Going to the vegan strip club after the galarama and having a stripper place her ta-tas into my picture of vegan taquitos. Best food porn ever!
So, have you started reading any new blogs?
Yep! Lots! Especially loving From A to a Vegan.
What would you like to see more or less of in (vegan) blogging?
My favorite blogs are photo-heavy and personal. I like reading about other people’s lives and what they ate for dinner. I’m not as into recipe blogs, just because I’m up to ears in cookbooks at home.
What would you like to see the organizers incorporate into the next VVC?
Oh gosh! What if we had a VVC 5k?! I say that, but I know I’d actually be too hungover to run it.
Lastly, what was your favorite meal in Portland, outside of the conference? (as if you could resist!)
Broken record time: As always, stay tuned for more!
Our Summertime Q & A series will continue far into VeganMoFo.
You can check out Bianca’s own recaps on VVC2013 right here: Vida Vegan Con Part I and Vida Vegan Con Part 2.
We miss you, Bianca!
Why, hello there, VeganMoFo VII! Vida Vegan Headquarters is kicking off our big month of memories with the most recent, by sharing some photographic evidence that all three of your friendly organizers have managed to experience some good old-fashioned summer time-ing.
Without further adieu, an Instagram collection:
And there’s your quick taste of what Janessa, Michele and myself have been up to this summer since the whirlwind weekend that was VVC2013. All three of us are also doing VeganMoFo over at our own blogs, so catch more at Epicurious Vegan, Vegtastic Voyage and Get Sconed!
See you back here soon! There’s so, so much in store at Vida Vegan Headquarters.
The summer is flying by and as proud organizers, we’ve been wondering what everyone has been up to since VVC2013! So, we reached out to our attendees through our official Vida Vegan Headquarters Facebook page and wanted to share the lively results. Here’s the inspirational update from Katie of Vegan Noms, another 2011 and 2013 Gold star alumnae:
2013 has been one hell of a year! After reorienting to day-to-day life after the whimsical whirlwind that was VVC2013, I’ve made deeper commitments to cleaner eating, keeping moving, and appreciating the details in life. In a few short days I will find myself having completed my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and embarking on the next chapter in my career. Looking forward to keeping up with bloggers and connecting with new vegans along the way… Things couldn’t be better!
For Katie’s latest updates, reviews and fresh recipes, head on over to Vegan Noms right now.
As always, stay tuned for more updates from Vida Vegan Headquarters & whirlwind it up!
The summer is flying by and as proud organizers, we’ve been wondering what everyone has been up to since VVC2013! So, we reached out to our attendees through our official Vida Vegan Headquarters Facebook page and wanted to share the lively results. Here’s what Carrie Forrest, a 2011 and 2013 Gold star alumnae (which is something we just made up for repeat attendees and totally want to roll with) had to say:
I just finished my master’s degree project in public health nutrition on “The Differences in Selected Disease Occurrence Between Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians” to help update a paper that Dr. Barnard from PCRM published 20 years ago. I continue to add recipes to my best-selling recipe app for iPhones and iPads, Vegan Delish. When I’m not glued to my laptop or playing with my new kitchen appliances (I just got a soy milk maker…LOVE!), I’m outside enjoying the beautiful scenery of the California Central Coast.