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Vida Vegan Con 2015 Speaker Reveal #6

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Hi folks!

Ready for Vida Vegan Con’s Speaker Reveal #6? We’ve been featuring a handful of our speakers each week for VVC2015, and here is the sixth, and almost final, installment. Our speakers come from all over the world and range from cookbook author to activist to blogger to athlete. So many incredibly talented passionate and inspiration people applied to speak, and we’re so so excited to share, in no particular order, this group of awesome speakers:

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

Fran Costigan VVC speakers

Fran Costigan, Queen of Vegan Desserts 

A highly regarded veteran of the culinary world, Fran Costigan is a pastry chef, author, speaker, culinary consultant, demo instructor and graduate of both the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute. There is no doubt that Fran knows her chocolate, and she’ll be returning to our lineup for 2015 to show us all how it’s done while “demo’ing the demo” at our opening day Vida Vegan Bazaar, sharing everything you need to know for showcasing your own cooking demo, with whatever setting you’ve got. The Big Apple-based “Queen of Vegan Desserts” is the author of More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally and her latest hit, Vegan Chocolate.


Julie Hasson VVC speakers

Julie Hasson, Julie’s Kitchenette

With an impressive professional background that includes an array of popular cookbooks, cooking videos, websites, working as a private chef for celebrities, the founding of a famed Portland food cart, and new line of gluten-free baking mixes ⸺ not to mention helping us bring a little more Portland flavor to Austin ⸺ Julie Hasson returns to our lineup to discuss her diverse and successful experience, and get real on building a smart vegan business. Julie’s latest cookbook was released just this past week: Vegan Casseroles.


Amey Mathews.VVC speakers

Amey Mathews, Vegan Eats & Treats

We bet you know Amey Mathews of Vegan Eats & Treats from her charming drawings she somehow manages to include in her already exciting blog posts. (Secretly, her fine-art skills would blow you away!). Amey is passionate about yoga, art, animals, travel and is one creative and flexible cookie. She’ll be sharing those passions and talent in her very own “Let’s Make a Zine!” workshop at VVC2015. Hi Amey!!



Bianca Phillips VVC speakers

Bianca Phillips, Vegan Crunk

Like to eat out? Drink out? Both out? Bianca Phillips is a savvy journalist with the The Memphis Flyer by day, and the personality behind the popular and long-running Vegan Crunk blog by night (and all other times!). Bianca returns to our lineup this May to share her take on the ethics of vegan dining and boozing (and requisite blogging, of course). Plus, we hear she has a thing or two or three to share about DIY Vegan Homebrewing. Her first cookbook, Cookin’ Crunk: Eating Vegan in the Dirty South, was released in 2012.


Joni Marie Newman VVC speakers


Joni Marie Newman, Just The Food

More culinary royalty! Joni Marie Newman is the undisputed Queen of Veggie Burgers and as the author/co-author of eight vegan cookbooks and guides including The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet, Vegan Food Gifts, and Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, certainly knows her way around a cookbook. She’s returning to our VVC2015 lineup ready to help you tackle your own cookbook development dreams, from concept to proposal to testing to publication. Get inspired, get thinking, get writing!


And definitely get ready: Vida Vegan Con returns in May!

From Bryant Terry to Terry Hope Romero, The Sexy Vegan and 20+ other vegan all-stars, check out the rest of our exclusive lineup reveals below:

Ready to register? Mark those calendars, commence the vegan taco call and grab your spot today!

For the latest conference happenings, make sure to sign up for our newsletter right here.

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

Join us tomorrow on #VeganFoodChat!

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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:

To participate, join the chatroom at

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!

#VVCIII 2015 Registration Now Open!

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Hi Folks!

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!


Announcement: Vida Vegan Con III Date Change!

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New date for Vida Vegan Con III!!


Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict with our event space (we’ll tell ya just where on Friday, stay tuned!), Vida Vegan Con has adjusted our official date. That’s right, we’ve all got an extra week to wait! Deep breaths, noochy popcorn, and please adjust your calendars and travel plans accordingly.


vvciii date change

Head here for exclusive Early Bird rate (open now) and more Membership Drive options, including inclusive packages, blog features, or a trip to Portland to brunch with us!


Greetings from Austin + Contest Announcement

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Hello there!

The three of us are in sunny (really! It’s 80 degrees here today!) Austin Texas doing research for potential seminar space, havin’ meetings, and eating tacos. Lots and lots of tacos.

And guys? We’re loving it so far. There’s soy (and coconut) creamer for coffee, alfalfa sprouts as a condiment option, and puffy tacos. Not to mention awesome event spaces, friendly locals, and margaritas.

Here’s a few pictures of what we’ve been doing (eat eating) so far:


First stop in Austin: Whole Foods.



Soy Creamer and Coconut Creamer for Coffee. Rad.



Puffy Tacos with sprouts


Michele’s Puffy Tacos at Vivo


chips and salsa

Chips and Salsa and Guac—THE BEST.



Spot for breakfast (and lunch) meeting and meals Tuesday morning.


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Triplets: Breakfast Tacos at Wheatsville Co-op.



Potato, black bean and vegan chorizo breakfast taco



We’re staying busy and looking forward to our meet-up tonight. In Austin? Come to The Vegan Nom at 6pm (to be followed by dessert at Sweet Ritual). Here’s our Facebook event. We’d love to see you!!


In other news, wanna win a ticket to the second international Vida Vegan Con this May in Portland? Of course you do. Head over to Janessa’s blog Epicurious Vegan for rules. Deadline to enter is Monday February 18th.


Follow us on Instagram for up-to-date pics on Instagram while we’re in Austin:












Sneak Peek at the VVC 2013 Schedule

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Hi guys!!

We’ve been hard at work fine-tuning the action-packed schedule for the second annual Vida Vegan Conference in Portland this May. While there’s still some more moving and tweaking and meetings and red pens and butcher paper to go before we can release the final-final schedule, we’re so excited we wanted to share with you guys as much info as we can right now. Remember, it’s THREE days’ worth of classes this year, which comes to almost 40 classes!! Whoosh.

Please note, this schedule is as close to permanent as we can get it, but it is still in progress and bound to change as events finalize.

Note: All class periods will likely be home to 3, if not 4 simultaneous classes. This includes workshops, discussion groups, lively panels, individual talks, and more.

Thursday May 23

  • Unofficial Meet & Greet

In town early? Come to the unofficial Vida Vegan meet & greet and get to know fellow attendees over cocktails & root beer. Location TBD.

Friday May 24

  • Registration
  • Exhibitor Hall Opening & New Product Spotlight/Sampling
  • Class Period 1
  • Class Period 2
  • Class Period 3
  • Class Period 4
  • Opening Talk (TBD) & Reception
  • Unofficial Off-site dine-out!

Make some reservations with old friends (hint, hint: what you may want to do for Portobello, Natural Selection, Blossoming Lotus, etc.) or gather your new friends for a casual dinner around town—it’s time to cross off a restaurant on your must-visit list and enjoy some time outside of the official conference schedule.

Saturday May 25

  • Official Conference Meal: Breakfast
  • Class Period 1
  • Class Period 2
  • Town Hall & Game Show
  • Official Conference Meal: Lunch
  • Class Period 3
  • Class Period 4
  • Class Period 5
  • Off-site Galarama & Silent Auction

Sunday May 26

  • Official Conference Meal: Breakfast
  • Class Period 1
  • Class Period 2
  • Official Conference Meal: Lunch
  • Class Period 3
  • Ice Cream Break/Exhibitor spotlight/Giveaway time!
  • Class Period 4
  • Closing Talk

We’re super excited about three days of learnin’ and meetin’ and eatin’, and hope you are too! Remember, tickets are still available for purchase (but going fast). Also: Lodging and Room Block info coming within the week. Stay tuned!

Janessa, Jess and Michele

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