Author: Michele Truty
Did you forget to get yourself a special Vida Vegan Con water bottle or t-shirt at the conference? Sort of wish you had an extra mug? Or maybe you didn’t go to the conference this year but still want to pick up some new VVC gear. We get it, and we’ve got it for you in the Vida Vegan Shop.
The truth is, we strive to keep our registration pricepoint low (free for some) and our sponsorships accessible, so more people have the chance to join us at our events. And we have lost sponsors for refusing to give them our mailing lists, send out sponsored emails, or allow them to present demos at the event—and we feel OK with that. We’re proud to stand up and say no to demands we feel would upset the positive, inspirational, creative vibe of the Con. (Obviously, our sponsors help make these things happen, and we truly do love the ones we work with—and hope you do too.)
That means it’s largely the three of us ladies doing as much of the work ourselves as possible to keep costs down. That also means when you buy a t-shirt, you help us put together a deposit toward the next event without us having to compromise the integrity of Vida Vegan organizers and attendees.
You have no idea how greatly we appreciate that. We’ll hug you all next time we see you, seriously.
Thank you, and enjoy!
VVCers, Portland loves you! We put the call out and Portland responded, with a whole slew of local, independent businesses rolling out discounts for all attendees.
Check the list for the effective dates—they’re all a little different—then show ‘em your VVC name badge or proof of registration and enjoy the savings (and then be further delighted when you remember Oregon is sales tax–free).
Back to Eden: 20% off • 5/20-27 All vegan and gluten-free, up on Alberta. Sweets and savories!
Blossoming Lotus: 10% off • 5/23-27 A Portland vegan standard in NE. Lots of raw dishes.
Cheese Plate: 15% off • 5/24-26 This vegetarian cart just two steps down from Back to Eden has some gorgeous vegan eats.
Homegrown Smoker: $1 off $8 purchase • 5/24-26 Wear your stretchy pants to this Mississippi Marketplace cart.
Masala Pop: free snack bag with any purchase • 5/23-26 Organic, vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free, Indian-spiced popcorn. Use code VVC2013 for online orders!
Native Bowl: $1 off bowls • 5/23-26 The epitome of Portland, bowls at Mississippi Marketplace.
Petunia’s Pies & Pastries: 15% off • 5/23-27 New brick-and-mortar for this gluten-free sweets shop (with cocktails).
PlantFit Training Studio: FREE workout • 5/24, 7:00 am (You know, if you’re into that.)
Red & Black: happy hour prices on local beer, discounted kombucha pints, and happy hour snacks • 5/24-26 Worker-owned vegan space.
And stay tuned—we’ll update as the offers come in!
Hey, remember last time, when we announced a sale on vegan tattoos? Well, get ready for round two.
One of the gazillion points of Portland pride is Skeleton Key Tattoo on SE Hawthorne & 17th. Ximena and her crack squad of ink-slingin’ pros are here to make sure you get the right tattoo the right way, in a comfortable, clean shop with great music (and a short post-tattoo walk to Whiffies and Potato Champion).
What makes a tattoo vegan, you ask? They don’t use animal bone charcoal-based black ink or animal glycerin. They do use vegan products where they can, while adhering to the law and putting our safety first. This is not an exclusively vegan shop, so make sure to tell your artist you’re there for vegan ink.
We were lucky enough to have Ximena design these marionberry tattoos for us, to complement our 2011 beets. We found some neat photos and drawings, then Ximena sketched it up for us.
While you’re in town for Vida Vegan Con, from Wednesday through Monday, May 22-27, 2013, Skeleton Key is offering a 15% discount to VVC registrants (attendees, speakers, and special guests). Mention you’re with VVC when you make your appointment, then bring your badge or otherwise confirm that you’re an official attendee—there’s a $65 minimum, and don’t forget to tip your artist!
Skeleton Key Tattoo
1729 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Are you a Portland vegan-friendly business? Want to offer a special for our attendees? Let us know and we’ll spread the word!
UPDATE: Preorder is now closed. We will have some extras in various sizes available at registration, and any left over after the conference will be available for order online. Thanks!
Remember our t-shirt design contest?
We had a bunch of really fun and creative submissions, and we’re excited to present to you our winner, Sutton Long. Sutton is a San Francisco–based freelance graphic designer and is art director for VegNews magazine. When not working, she loves walking her dog around SF and taking photos (@suttonlong on Instagram). Favorite place for a dog walk in Portland: Mt. Tabor Park.
Check out Sutton’s design:
Here’s what it looks like mocked up on a t-shirt!
These are printed here in Portland by Ink Brigade, just like our 2011 shirts. Also like 2011, we’re using the same shirt styles: a more fitted, ladies’ cut and a more traditional unisex cut. Unlike last time, our color is a gunmetal shade of gray.
Click on the sizing links to figure out what you are, because we all know individual manufacturers’ ideas of sizes don’t really mean anything.
We are doing these on a preorder basis so we have enough of everyone’s sizes. Get your order in by Monday, April 29, so we can get them printed up in time for you to pick them up at registration. And yes, we’ll order a few extras of assorted sizes, but best be safe and place your preorder.
Ready? Know your size? Make sure, because we can’t do refunds and might not have extras to do exchanges.)
Click this link here to orderyours now! (Blogger dork note: PayPal buttons with drop-downs don’t work on WordPress.com, so we set up this shop page on Moonfruit.)
Maybe you’re an eleventh-hour packer, praying to the taxi gods that you have time to grab that last load of laundry before the angry honking begins. Or do you have your bags out two weeks in advance, lists (only Excel files will do) perched on your desktop for easy access?
Either way, we figure you could probably use some help deciding what to bring. It’s Portland, late May, and you’re going to spend three days or so with people who photograph and write about everything they see—no pressure there!
- Car? Don’t bother. It’s a city, which means you will pay too much for parking at your hotel or near the museum. It’s not as bad as some cities, but still. With our public transportation, unless you’re venturing out to the ocean or mountains you just won’t need it. (But if you must, we have some tips on local parking here).
- Comfortable shoes. We’re looking at long days, and while your needs are seen to within the Art Museum buildings during the day, you will absolutely want to explore Portland in the evenings and beyond—we’ve arranged activities all over the city, and it would be a shame not to get out there and soak up all the Portland you possibly can.
- Layers. You never really know what you’re going to get here; a zipped-up-hoodie morning could lead to a back-sweat afternoon. And sure, it could rain.
- Maybe a little something fancy? Saturday night’s Galarama + Silent Auction is the perfect excuse to get a little glitzy, although dressing up is by no means mandatory.
- Business cards. How many new friends will you be making? It’s a great idea to have an easy way to share your blog URL, email address, and social media handle(s). (Remember, no swag or solicitation! Let’s keep it classy and comfortable for all.)
- Camera! As if we need to remind bloggers to bring their cameras, but still. We’re saying it out loud—and don’t forget your charger and extra SD card! (And if you’re the social media type, use #VidaVeganCon or #VVC2013 to spread the love…and make everybody jealous.)
- Extra bag. Hey, you’re gonna be acquiring a lot of stuff—from SWAG bag goodies to cookbooks to tourist trinkets. How many pounds of bulk Soy Curls can you stuff in those pockets?
Did we miss something? Were you at the 2011 conference? Was there anything you either were so relieved you’d brought or really wished you’d remembered?