Vida Vegan Con

Coming to Vida Vegan Con II? Join the 2013 Blogfeed.

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UPDATE: The 2013 Feed is live! If you’re attending and haven’t added your blog yet, please leave a comment when you do so we can update the feed ASAP. We will be removing signup on Sunday, May 19 so we can focus on the busy week ahead. 

Update: Signup is complete! Thanks for all who signed up – see you at the con and in the future!


With the end of Google Reader (and all the associated gasping and groaning that came with the news), comes the quick rise of Feedly, the official replacement for all your up-to-date blog reading. And with Vida Vegan Con II rapidly approaching, it’s time for even more to peruse.

So, we’re putting together a list of all Vida Vegan Con II blog feeds for ya—one big feed of excitement and plant-based creativity!

The 2013 VVC II Blogfeed.

Simply fill out this form with your URL feed information, and we’ll debut the list shortly. Stay tuned!

See month!?!?! Artwork by J. Legume

We do ask that only registered attendees sign up (this is also open to sponsors and speaker blogs, of course), that all blogs are vegan in content, and that you’re comfortable seeing your website on a public feed.This won’t be a blogroll or contact list, it’ll simply be a feed of your latest posts to share.

Let’s get to know each other, shall we?


P.S. This is all you need to do.

The Galarama Site Is Live!

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mf24532You already know this if you’re a newsletter subscriber, but we’ve built a whole separate site for the Galarama—if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do, and spread the word. Let’s raise some money for the chimps!

We’re really so excited and proud to have this opportunity to bring everyone together for a fun night while giving back to these beautiful, intelligent creatures that our world has exploited and mistreated.

For registrants and speakers, your admission to this party is complimentary. If you’d like to upgrade to a VIP ticket (limited to 20 • includes a special gift bag, 2 free drinks, and a raffle ticket), you can do so for $20.

Non-VVC public can purchase tickets starting Monday, April 1 (no foolin’). General Admission is $15/$20 at door; $40 VIP.

And super fun news: Brian “The Sexy Vegan” Patton will be our emcee for the evening!

So don’t miss it. Join us at Staver Locomotive in NW Portland Saturday night, May 25, 2013, at 7pm. Learn more here!

Vida Vegan Con’s Portland Vegan Breakfast Showcase

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My, how exciting the response has been to our call for local vegan eateries to get even more involved with Vida Vegan Con!

We now proudly present the lineup for the first ever Portland Vegan Breakfast Showcase, in random, rotating order:

Naturally, we wanted to bring new and exciting aspects to Vida Vegan Con II in so, so many ways. And naturally, as vegans sure do have an appreciation for plant-based dining and a well-deserved obsession with Portland’s forever-growing multitude of delicious options, we thought…let’s try to get as many as we can in one room! We’ve all got long, glorious days of Vida Vegan Con’ing ahead, and on Saturday and Sunday that starts with one special meal: breakfast!

2011’s buffets now seem like the things of legend, and there are more buffets to come—with versatile vegan, raw, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, fun options galore. And then there’s what this post is all about, one of those brand-spanking-new elements: Vida Vegan Con’s Portland Vegan Breakfast Showcase.

And without further adieu, the lineup (in alphabetical order):

  • A.N.D. Cafe is a cozy vegetarian cafe that offers tons of vegan and gluten-free options for all menu items. Look for the Spring menu to debut April 1. We’ve heard word of sprouted chickpea scramble and raw pepitas tacos in addition to regular favorites, such as the walnut loaf benedict and pesto tofu hashbrown nests.
  • Back to Eden Bakery This well-loved NE Alberta bakery is known for it’s darling aesthetic and craft in creating delicious gluten-free products. They plan on serving gluten-free doughnuts, coffeecake and scones featuring peak, seasonal flavors.
  • Blackheart Bagels These artisanal bagels “are made with just five simple, traditional ingredients: flour, water, salt, yeast and barley malt syrup. We are proud to use Shepherd’s Grain flour which is local, sustainable, and Food Alliance certified. Blackheart bagels are made without refined sugar, animal products or preservatives.” They recently opened their very own bagel window at NE 22nd & Sandy.
  • Cinnamon PDX Portland’s newest gluten-free bakery proudly offers “affordable, awesome treats made of high-quality and seasonally fresh ingredients to everybody, especially those with restricted diets.”
  • Divine Pie Yeah, we’ll be having pie for breakfast! “Divine Pies are a perfect product of artisan sweetness, combining flavors that are unique & delicious, ingredients that are local and organic, and delicate preparation with loving hands. All pie crusts are gluten-free, made with a light and tasty blend of nuts, dates, and coconut flakes; while the pie fillings are dairy free, supremely creamy, and rich with bold flavors.”
  • Portland Juice Press This local, bottled juice company’s mission is “to provide 100% natural, fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices and juice cleanse packages, delivered to your doorstep.”
  • Portobello Vegan Trattoria This must-go, hand-crafted, Italian vegan restaurant now serves up both Saturday and Sunday brunch options. The current brunch menu includes apple pie waffles, Italian and Bu-rassic-a Park omelets, brunch burgers, and Weekend at Benny’s.
  • Sizzle Pie Arguably Portland’s most popular pizza joint, Sizzle Pie offers a variety of unique vegan slices every day at their East and West Burnside locations. We bet there will be a take on their popular cheesy tofu scramble & hash brown–adorned brunch pizza in store.
  • White Owl Social Club There’s a reason we’re hosting the unofficial Meet & Greet at this new restaurant & bar from the owners of Sizzle Pie: We dig it, and bet you will, too. There’s just one item on their tiny, all-day weekend brunch menu, but it’s a pleasant doozy: the hash brown, Field Roast & pepperjack Daiya “Oh my lord, I think I’m dying” burger, which you can pair with a Bloody Parliament (beet juice bloody!) or Italians Do It Better bellini.

Menu details and more to come!

This showcase is exclusive for 2013 Vida Vegan Con II attendees. As of this post, very, very few tickets remain—see here to grab one.

Psssst… We still have a very limited amount of room for a new participant. Please read this and email VidaVeganConference [at] to discuss a potential spot ASAP.

Heads up! VVC 2013 Is Almost Sold Out!

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the last cookie

What’s sadder than the last cookie? No cookie at all.

Yeah, so even with 100 more registrant spots this year, we’re still running out of space for y’all. Wow. Our handy little PayPal inventory alert told us we are down to 30 tickets for our three-day weekend of learning and funning and eating and sharing.

They’re still available here—but we don’t want to rush you. Make sure you read through the registration info and double-check your calendars, because these are nonrefundable tickets.

Not sure about lodging and transportation? Find more information (and a ton of helpful links) on our Travel & Lodging pages. And if your questions aren’t answered on our FAQ page, email us at VidaVeganConference @ gmail . com.

For those of you who already registered, we’ll see you in May!

Last Call for Vida Vegan Con 2013 Sponsors!

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The deadline for getting involved with Vida Vegan Con, returning this May 24-26 to Portland, has arrived.

This could be you!
This could be you!

Remaining options include:

  • Place your full-color advertisement in our program (2 spaces left, send your art in ASAP)
  • Donate product under our Beet Salad options
  • Donate snacks to our fancy schmancy Saturday night Galarama (whose Silent Auction benefits Chimp Sanctuary NW—more details on how to donate here)
  • Contribute an In-Room toiletry item
  • Join the waitlist for exhibitor tables and SWAG bag placement


  • Upgrade to one of our last remaining Heirloom Beet spots (which come with a guaranteed exhibitor table and exclusive SWAG bag placement)

Read the full details of 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities here.  Thanks for your support!

Read more about the upcoming Vida Vegan Con II and what’s happening during the action-packed weekend here.

More Memories

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The ladies of the VVC, in planning the next conference, have been looking back at our first event, mainly to remind ourselves of what worked and didn’t work, what AV cords would have been handy—you know, the practical stuff. But this warm and fuzzy feeling keeps rising up, reminding us of why we do this. Why we suppress basic human survival stuff like food and sleep. Why you all fly and drive from all corners of the earth for our vegan summer camp.

So here I am, the camera-shy Michele, to share with you two of my favorite memories of August 2011. Janessa will be up next, and if you missed the post from Jess, check it out.

packing swag bags vida vegan conTechnically, this is pre-conference, but tip-toeing through Janessa’s rather congested living room to fill SWAG bags. Following the unofficial meet & greet, while folks were out at the Vegucated screening then funning it up at Bye & Bye, we were playing elf, putting together these goodie bags of wonder (even bigger this year!), and sharing last-minute fears and hopes. Our sherpa/caretaker Tom stamped the last of the name badges, and we debated juuust how early we’d need to wake up in the morning to load in at the conference center. It sounds like work, but the excitement and anticipation far outweighed the anxiety. Something special was about to happen.

And the opening talk. Laura Beck nailed it. (Surprise.) We’d not previewed her speech and were blown away by how she set the tone for the conference—and the future of the Vida Vegan family. That we are a community of bloggers, and that is something so dear. Sometimes you need to turn to your community when you’re feeling alone, tired, or particularly beat down by the comments. You can listen to Laura’s talk here, and even if you weren’t there to hear it in person I’m willing to bet you’ll get a little weepy.

Of course, the two and a half days that followed were also filled with so many amazing memories, and even more blurry ones I’m pretty sure were equally fantastic. And I can’t wait to make new memories this year!

Help Plan a Class this May: Tech for Effective Web Presence

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Image credit: – Please note this is not actually Jason Das

Jason Das, the co-founder of both SuperVegan and Vegan Drinks, is returning to Vida Vegan Con this May to share his expertise and thoughts in a few of our exciting panels and classes: Ethics Beyond the Plate, Vegan Invasion: Community Building, and Tech for Effective Web Presence. 

For this third class, Jason asked us if he could solicit some ideas on just what *you* would like to know more about.

This is your chance to design his class. It’ll be more than a mere general presentation with some handy tips—Jason wants to address your concerns!

Here are some topics being mulled around for the Tech-orientated class:

  • Intro to CSS
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Best SEO practices
  • Tumblr theming

So, what interests you? Let’s make the most of his versatile expertise and innovative planningit’s now in your hands!

If you’d like Jason to explore these, or other topics, simply tweet @floodfish or email him personally:

Be sure to check out the full agenda for Vida Vegan Con II here.

Design the 2013 Vida Vegan Con T-Shirt!

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Update: We will be unveiling the winner soon!

Hey, You!
Design the Vida Vegan Con II T-shirt!

When it gets down to it, not much is better than your favorite T-shirt, and we at Vida Vegan Con want to be that T-shirt! And we want YOU to help make that happen. So, we are holding a contest to design that very T-shirt!
This shirt will be available for pre-order and pickup at the conference registration desk—and limited online, too.

Here’s the deal…


Please email your design in PDF format by March 16, 2013, to

We ask that you include the final (as it can be) file and are open to ever so slight, teeny tiny modifications if need be. Vida Vegan logo and other information may be included in addition to your design on the front or back of T-shirt (one print location only). We’re thinking a dark shirt color, and it will likely be screen-printed.

We will pick our very favorite and share all submissions online for help along the way.

You need not be an attendee to enter!

Please include:

Vida Vegan Con II
Vida Vegan logo (see below) – or make a new one!

Consider including:

May 2013
May 24-26, 2013
Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon
Vegan Summer Camp
Vegan stuff!


Vida Vegan website profile,two tickets to the Saturday night Galarma & Silent Auction, fame, and of course, glory.

Here’s a little bit of official inspiration to get you going:

Vida Vegan Con Logo

VVC Badge

That’s it! For now….


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Whew, your friendly conference organizers are back from Austin, TX and diving right back into conference-planning hyperdrive! It’s not as if we stopped in Texas, of course, but we were there to research a new Vida Vegan possibility, see some friends, and eat a taco or two, or ten. And all the chips & salsa we could get our greedy hands on. Contemplating Vida Vegan Con II naturally has us reminiscing (and reflecting, analyzing, and so proud of) the very first Vida Vegan Con in 2011. It’s hard to believe it was over a year ago!

Here are some of our photo memories, shockingly somehow taken when the organizers took a moment to breathe or inhale more coffee and coconut creamer.

Isa Chandra Moskowitz moderates the 2011 Publishing Panel

The Publishing Panel

2011 Vida Vegan Con speakers Kelly Peloza, yours truly, Leigh-Chantelle and Lauren Christensen

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Part of the ever-appropriate Reality, Identity & Blogging panel

Reality, Identity & Blogging Panel

The awesome Casa Bonita lunch buffet (please tell me someone else out there appreciates this silly reference)

Casa Bonita

One of our lovely, super-duper appreciated assistants, Karla


More Casa Bonita: with all vegan, fresh, gluten-free, raw, soy-free, and nut-free options, of course


Here's Janessa saying something great and probably wishing she had a taco...


One of the truly definitive moments, during our opening night VegNews Cupcake & Champagne reception.

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It totally speaks for itself.

And now, well - the countdown is so, so on with 99 days remaining as of this post! Expect a bajillion Vida Vegan Con II updates coming your way, right here.