Vida Vegan Con organizers Janessa and Michele have returned even more enamored with Austin after a week of very important meetings and venue walk-throughs and just as necessary vegan food truck hopping. They met with old VVC family, new speakers, and met some local Austin business owners, cooking up all sorts of plans for May 2015. Did you spy them around town, margarita or black coffee in hand?
Here’s a few photos of what they were up to:
Meanwhile, back in Portland, Jess held down the Vida Vegan HQ homebase (make that: whatever coffeeshop she happened to be running into, then being Tula) and remained obsessing over all things vegan mac & cheese with a certain sold out showcase taking place.
What’s new with you?
Stay tuned this week for our last minute Vegan Thanksgiving roundup and do let us know if you’d like to be included!
Hey there! Welcome to the next edition of our latest Q & A series at Vida Vegan Headquarters! These special interviews 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.
We’re now joined by a devoted (and super appreciated!) member of the VVHQ support team and recent host of Portland’s Pop Up! Taco Shop!, Julia Legume.
So Julia, what have you been up to this summer?
Park Ranger-ing, watching Wheel of Fortune, petting every dog and cat I see in the streets of pdx.
Why did you decide to attend Vida Vegan Con II?
Looking back, what was the most memorable class?
Vegan Professionals in a Non-vegan World with Janessa, Fran, Julie, and Grant– good stuff dudes
How has your blog changed since the three-day conference?
I think one more person reads it.
How did VVC2013 affect your culinary style and home cooking?
I tasted Upton’s bacon— and now I eat a lot of it at home!
Who were you really excited to meet?
Any special memories of VVC2013 you’d like to share?
The Chicago Vegan Foods Teese nacho machine!!!!
So, have you started reading any new blogs?
Travel blogs, basically. The Gay Backpacker — I like his style.
What would you like to see more or less of in (vegan) blogging?
Less recipes/ how to’s with packaged ingredients, more thoughtful and creative dishes that are inspiring
What would you like to see the organizers incorporate into the next VVC?
Team building exercises. Mandatory. (Noted!)
What other vegan events put together by VVHQ would you like to attend?
Pool parties, pizza parties, slumber parties, hikes, campouts, dodgeball, Vegan Olympics.
Lastly, what was your favorite meal in Portland, outside of the conference? (as if you could resist!)
DUH EMAME’S ETHIOPIAN FOODCART DOWNTOWN.
Thanks for sharing!
Our Month of Memories Q & A series will continue far into VeganMoFo.
Here’s Julia’s VVC2013 recap: Vida Vegan Con, I love you. For her latest & greatest, check her out on Instagram, @donna__noble.
Prepare yourselves for the inevitable, fellow vegans of the world. The second installment of Vegan Battle Royale is gearing up to be the best edition yet! Two years ago, VBR burst on the Vida Vegan Con scene and saw two glorious teams fight until the bitter end for a chance to be named the ultimate vegan survivors.
This year’s Battle Royale is going to be even more epic. More drama! More trivia! More masterful manipulation! And, of course, more prizes! Team prizes! Audience prizes! All of which are made possible by the generosity of some really amazing companies.
Before the fun begins at another Vida Vegan Conference, we would like to thank all the people who donated prizes to make this Vegan Battle Royale one for the record books. Special thanks to: Amy’s Kitchen, Book Publishing Co., Butler Foods, The Chia Co, Christy Robinson Designs, Da Capo Lifelong Books, Daiya, Earth Balance, Endangered Species Chocolate, Field Roast, Gardein, Go Picnic, Hay House Publishing, Hurraw!, Late July, Leahey Foods, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Newman’s Own Organics, Ohly, Rancho Gordo, Rescue Chocolate, Parmela, Perseus Books Group, Running Press, Sasquatch Books, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Surf Sweets, Tofurky, Vega, Vegan Cuts, Vegan Essentials, Vegan Secret Supper, VegNews, Wholesome Sweeteners, Zevia
So, please check out the companies, and get your minds and bodies ready for the most extreme Battle Royale yet! The countdown begins…
Details: Vegan Battle Royale, aka The Vegan Game Show, will take place on Saturday, May 25, from 1:15-2:00pm in the Kridel Ballroom. This immediately follows lunch, and no classes will be held at that time, so everyone has the option to join in. You can check out the full conference agenda right here. See you soon!
All you cats ‘n’ kittens out there who are deprived of Veggie Grill, we have one question for you: Have you registered for the Tech Seminar yet? Because if you did, you’re gonna be noshin’ on kale salad, gut-filling sandwiches, and some of the best dern carrot cake this side of the Mississip’. (Disclaimer: It could be walnut & chocolate chip cookies and/or pudding parfait instead of the carrot cake.)
That’s right, Veggie Grill has just signed on to sponsor lunch for this November’s Tech Seminar in Seattle! We couldn’t be more excited to share this with you. If you’ve never eaten there before, picture all your fast-food guilty pleasures from your pregan days…well, let’s just show you!
And here’s Janessa and Michele doing what they do best—deciding what to eat!
Gonna keep this short and sweet:
Are you short on cash, but you know attending the 2013 Vida Vegan Con would be just the thing to help you bring your vegan voice to the masses? Apply for a VVC scholarship, now through November 1, 2012.