Vida Vegan Con is heading to Texas a little early!
Two of your friendly VVC co-founders, Janessa and myself (jess) will be in town in just a few days for a bunch of meetings, requisite breakfast tacos and to represent our upcoming vegan weekend at the one-and-only Texas Vegfest. We’re coming for ya, Austin!
Vida Vegan tables @ Texas VegFest!
Saturday April 4th, 2015
Fiesta Gardens Austin, TX
11am – 6pm
Texas VegFest is a free public education event that celebrates the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plantbased diet. More details here.
Come stop by our Texas VegFest booth!
The two of us (Michele’s gonna be holding down the fort in Portland) will be tabling and selling tickets to Vida Vegan Con’s opening day Vegan Bazaar on Friday, May 29th with a very special ticket deal. This brand-new Vegan Bazaar is a whole new element we’re packing into Vida Vegan Con weekend, where we open our doors to the public…during the day!
Every conference, we hear from folks outside of Con-land who want to meet our exciting exhibitors, attendees who wanted to bring their friends and family by for a visit, and from more & more vendors of all sizes who wanted to get involved. This way, we can fit everybody in! Plus, who could pass on a full day of even more vegan samples and food trucks parked right outside?!
OF COURSE, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees (and speakers) are already on the door list and receive an exclusive first hour from 12pm-1pm. Want to grab your own ticket and see what’s in store? Head right here.
So if you’ll be in Austin on April 4th, do stop by our table and say “hi!”, grab your own tickets to the Vegan Bazaar (no pesky online fees! two ticket deal!), learn more about what’s going on all weekend long, check out our classic VVC merch 😺, sign up to volunteer, and learn just why we decided to bring all things VVC weekend to Austin, TX (Hint: look around VegFest!!)
✩ If you’d like to get involved with Vida Vegan Con + our opening day Vegan Bazaar, stop by our booth and/or send us an email! ✩
Now that we’ve got the details out there, it’s time to pack. We’ve pricelined. We’ve unearthed our suitcases. We’re thinking about tacos. Our stomachs are seriously beginning to growl.
With that, we’d like to share a few things on our upcoming Austin to-do (er, to-eat) lists:
First up, a big must, The Vegan Nom taco truck in North Austin:
Janessa can’t wait to get her hands on their Del Rey taco! This vegan take on the classic fish taco has (gluten-free!) mock fish, cilantro crema, cabbage slaw and avocado. I’m estimating about four exclamation points’ worth of anticipation from the level of excitement she stated.
And dang, we can always get down with some of their breakfast tacos. Pure glory:
Fufu! You know, the “ancient african dish [that] is a thick paste usually made by boiling starchy root vegetables”.
It’s clearly fun to say and even more wonderful to eat, especially when it’s alongside a savoury feast from Wasota African Cuisine’s food truck:
For the record, this truck was gearing up to relocate when we last visited, so make sure verify the current address.
Booze wise, it was rather chilly while we were in town this past February, so I held out on a margarita in favor of sipping house-infused whiskey outside the firepit at Buzzmill with Michele, Smurfy & Joanna. Therefore, I would really appreciate a gorgeous margarita in my life next week (forecasts of thunderstorms, be darned).
The more you know…both Buzzmill and Golden Spike, where we’re holding Thursday night’s open VVC weekend Meet & Greet, have promised to offer both vegan food and drink specials during the ‘Con. Thanks, folks!
Wondering just what else is Team VVC excited about?
“Brass Ovaries. I haven’t been there but I’m so curious about it. Pole dancing!” – Michele
Another super new must, Rabbit Food Grocery!
We just dig Whole Foods’ downtown taco bar so much. There’s a taco computer, for crying out loud!
Did you know that Whole Foods is from Austin?! So you know it’s gonna be good.
For those dry, sunny days, I am stoked to get back on a bike around town. Grabbing one of these convenient rides from short-term rental provider B-Cycle was a big highlight of our last trip:
Did we mention breakfast tacos? We’re all downright obsessive about these shoestring potato breakfast babies from Cherrywood Coffeehouse:
While she’s not joining us until VVC itself, here’s what my wife has to say about who she wants to see in Austin: “All the dogs and kids I know from Instagram in Texas!” You heard it here, folks (and by that I mean, Smurfy and Milo).
And of course, we’re all stoked to see this lady:
And to balance things out, a smashing sale on organic kale at Central Market:
Rio Rita’s. So cute, I’m charmed, let’s go:
One more for the road, which was actually our very first stop in town back in February: Arlo’s!
Arlo’s vegan food truck is parked right outside Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River street, where our Sunday night VVC + Scavenger Hunt After Party will be held. What we’re saying is this: VVC ATX = Vegan Vacation time.
More to come! We’re compiling our very favorite eats along with picks from the Red Hot Vegans, Lazy Smurf & everyone else we talk with, for a very special Vida Vegan Con Takes Austin Must Eats of citywide dining recommendations. Stay tuned!
For now, see you at TexasVegFest!!!
Want info on all things Vida Vegan Con weekend? Head this way.
New Vida Vegan Con artwork by Josh Hooten, Herbivore Clothing.
Hi! One of our speakers for Vida Vegan Con III that we’re super excited about is Jojo Huxster of Vegan in Brighton. She’s a travelin’ vegan gal who’s based in England and travels ’round the world exploring vegan foods and sights. We checked in with her to see what she’s most excited about for Austin, for VVC, and which American food products she likes best.
Read on for Jojo’s faves!
I have SO many Austin things I’m excited about! Top of my list has to be the fish taco from The Vegan Nom. Also Cap City Bakery‘s everything. And Via313 (Ed note: Detroit style pizza. Yum.). I also can’t wait to check out Rabbit Food Grocery‘s brick & mortar location. I’m totally stoked about having a kitchen on this trip too. I finally get to try all of the great American products that’d never survive the journey back the the UK. My list includes Gardein fishless fillets, a beast burger and the field roast en croute. And I totally wanna order from Lagusta’s Luscious despite them being pretty far away it’s still a helluva lot closer than Brighton.
DEEP BREATH, FOLKS: The Vida Vegan Con III Agenda is LIIIIIVE!
NEXT UP, the big unveiling of our brand-spanking new Vegan Bazaar poster:
In further proof that Portland vegans are officially sweet on Austin, thanks to the amazing Josh Hooten of Herbivore Clothing for designing our lovely new poster for Friday’s debut + public Vegan Bazaar! It’s moments like this you just may find yourself hugging your tablet, or smartphone, or semi-functioning laptop, what have you.
Everyone is invited to join us on Friday! Come check out the Earth Balance photo booth and spend some time (& sample some eats!) from: Capital City Bakery, The Vegan Nom, Cool Beans, Herbivore Clothing, Chicago Vegan Foods, We Eat Foods, Strongest Hearts, Sweet Ritual Ice Cream, Treeline Cheese, Golden Spike Rail Cart, V Apparel, Beanfields Snacks, Vegan Cuts, Red Hot Vegans, Compassion Co, Fair Winds Press, Driftwood magazine, Kick Butt Boots, Friends of Animals, Natural Vitality, Primarily Primates Sanctuary, Vida Green Consulting,Texas VegFest, Silverleaf Resorts & so many more to come!
Email us today to reserve your own vendor table — discounted rates are available! Remember, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees and speakers get an exclusive first hour access at noon.
We can’t say goodbye just yet…
ANNOUNCING THE VIDA VEGAN CON THURSDAY NIGHT MEET & GREET:
Whether you’re based in the area or making a bit of a vegan vacation out of your VVCIII plans (Yessssssss), we invite you all to join us for a casual meet & greet from 3pm-6pm at Buzzmill Coffee. This rad coffee shop may be cozy inside, but has a huge outdoor patio with a fire pit and a vegan food cart, Golden Spike Rail Cart. Both Buzzmill and Golden Spike have promised to offer VVC food and drink specials for everybody, so get excited! Plus, we’re easily big fans of a coffee shop that offers coffee, tea and an intriguing assortment of house-infused liquor.
DID SOMEONE SAY VEGAN SCAVENGER HUNT?!?
OH, THERE’S ALWAYS MORE:
That’s right, there are even more classes and panels coming as we super duper finalize the schedule and coordinate with all those fab, hand-selected speakers, so stay tuned for that, and more surprises for both Vida Vegan Con and our opening day Vegan Bazaar.
SEE YOU THEN!
❤ Janessa, Jess & Michele
Co-Founders, Vida Vegan Con
Thanks to the capabilities of Google’s On Air Hangout, we sat down with this vegan cookbook superstar on Saturday morning to see just what she’s been up to lately (Hint: it’s a lot of amazing stuff! Vegan events! Podcasts! And tacos!) and what’s in store for her next cookbook, or two, or three.
Join all three Vida Vegan Con organizers for our latest VVC Speaker Series, as we catch up Joni Marie Newman, author of Going Vegan, Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, Home-Cooked Vegan Comfort Food, Vegan Food Gifts, The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet and 500 Vegan Recipes ⸺ to name a quick few ⸺ and soon-to-be three-time Vida Vegan Con speaker.
This lady is easily one of our VVC attendee favorites, and returns to discuss the ins and outs of Cookbook Writing: From Concept to Proposal to Testing to Editing to Print.
Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series:
Joni Marie Newman, Vegan Rockstar Cookbook Author
Super Serious Note: Hopefully, our request to change this for a slightly less odd thumbnail goes lives soon!
This interview was recorded on Saturday, March 14, 2015 Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and Joni’s car in Long Beach, CA.
And for goodness sake, make sure you turn notifications off so you don’t get emailed every day.
Catch Joni at Vida Vegan Con May 29-31st in Austin, TX! You can follow her on Instagram & Twitter as @jonimarienewman
Looking for our full 2015 VVC Speaker Lineup? You got it.
Tickets to both events during this three-day super vegan weekend are available here. See you in May!
It’s been two long years since VVC2013 and we’re beyond excited to see you all in Austin! Let make this happen.
First things first…Vida Vegan Con is open to all vegan content creators, bloggers, authors, chefs, entrepreneurs, activists community leaders, creative professionals, business owners, enthusiasts and their moms…and best friends…and partners…and pictures of their cats. And so on. Super curious? Read our F.A.Q. for more info, peruse this amazing speaker lineup, and then come join us!
Got your ticket?
Pondering just a taste of VVC with Friday’s Bazaar?
Applied for one of two VVC scholarships?
Wanna volunteer at the Bazaar (and maaaaybe help out during the weekend?)
So, how are you getting to Austin?? Epic vegan road trip? Savvy flier? Got those headphones ready for the bus or train? Walking down the street? Whether you’ve decided just how you’re arriving for the festivities or are still contemplating the possibilities of nooch-powered teleportation, here’s a bunch of info on Getting To & Around Austin, TX.
Okay, where do you want to stay? WITH US?!? We’ve seriously got a few select few rooms remaining for the on-site* room block right at AT&T Executive Education & Center. Here’s your info to snag a room.
Now, your friendly organizers at VVC Headquarters are no stranger to hostels, AirBnB, crashing on friend’s couches and digging around Priceline and the like ( with occasional bouts of Jess becoming darkly Name-Your-Own-Price obsessive).
Rest assure, we’ve got a large list of hotels, hostels, bike and car rentals over here: VVC2015: Where to Stay.
More, More, More:
In conclusion (for now!!), our Vida Vegan Con 2015 Travel Info include super pertinent info on:
Bonus: Austin Vegan Eats Google Map ⭐ & Our Official 2015 Venues
No need to go clicking too far, here’s everywhere Vida Vegan Con III + The Vegan Bazaar are happening (with more to come!)
*Please realize that our on-site room block is where Saturday and Sunday conference happenings take place. Friday’s Bazaar is being held at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. You are responsible for transportation between all venues as needed. The above map includes driving, bike and public transit directions between the two (plus, practically any & everywhere you’ll want to eat).
Hello, hello! Goodness, we’re enjoying quite the sunny spell and early Spring weather here in Portland — so much so that iced coffee + coconut creamer made an appearance during our latest Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series this past Sunday! Vida Vegan Con’s Michele and Jess were joined by two-time Vida Vegan Con attendee and exhibitor: Jill Pyle of Vegan Cuts.
As the co-founder of Vegan Cuts, Jill is clearly one of the sharpest vegan entrepeneurs and brand makers around these days. Vegan Cuts, baby: you know ‘em, you love ‘em, and you just can’t wait to open their monthly vegan subscription boxes!
Join us as we catch up with Jill, and hear her latest thoughts on vegan travel, smoothies, exploring ExpoWest, what’s in store for her presentation on “Internet Entrepreneurship” this May at Vida Vegan Con, and if we can wrangle a top-secret sneak peek or two into Vegan Cuts’ upcoming box themes. Dum dum dum!
Vida Vegan Speaker Series: Jill Pyle, Vegan Cuts
The following interview was recorded on Sunday, March 1, 2015 Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and Ottowa, Canada.
Afterwards, head over to Google Plus, where you can add Vida Vegan to your circles, and make sure you hear first about the upcoming exclusive talks in our ongoing Vida Vegan Speaker Series. And for goodness sake, make sure you turn notifications off so you don’t get emailed every day.
Bonus: All registered attendees can expect a survey in their inbox soon, to help Jill customize her class just for you.