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Thursday = Launch of Red Hot Scavenger Hunt @ VVC Meet & Greet!

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The time has come! Y’all ready to get your vegan scavenger hunt on!?!?

Our dear pals the Red Hot Vegans are hosting a totally vegan and totally awesome sounding scavenger hunt during Vida Vegan Con weekend, and it starts 3pm during today’s Meet & Greet! And if you’re not in town yet, don’t worry, you don’t have to start today because there will be ways to make up the points and folks can join in at any time.

Prizes for the RHV VVC Weekend Scavenger Hunt include:

& more!

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See more details and sign up over on Red Hot Vegans.

Remember, today’s Meet & Greet is rain or shine and you can sit either outside (where we’ll def. be if it’s dry!) or inside Buzzmill Coffee! The all-vegan (and rather reclusive, so yay for this special early opening and menu!) Golden Spike will have the following offerings, just for us:

FYI, the tacos are gluten-free, as is the chickin’ salad on its own!

RSVP on Facebook here. Family & friends are certainly welcome, but this is for full weekend conference attendees to connect. Warning: There is a wee bit of taxidermy, so focus on the all-vegan food truck aspect and remember, this is Texas.

See you all SO DANG SOON!

 

Advance signup for Amey’s Zine Workshop at Vida Vegan Con III!

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Amey Mathews.VVC speakersHello, everyone! Here is the required advance sign-up for Amey Mathew’s  Zine Workshop at Vida Vegan Con.

This extended workshop will be held through a break and into a second session period on Saturday morning at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. This is the only class that politely asks for advance sign-up (although you’ll be able to RSVP to others on our upcoming app). Amey would like to connect with you all ahead of time. This will be an intimate workshop, with 11-15 attendees.

You can catch up with Amey with this VVC Speaker Series interview.

Reminder: Vida Vegan Con III is now sold out of full weekend tickets, but you can join us at Friday’s opening day Vegan Bazaar! See you all so soon!

Vida Vegan Con III adds Gene Baur and Ayinde Howell to lineup!

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As if you needed one more reason to join us at Vida Vegan Con later this month (and well, we’re talking about one more full weekend registration spot remaining as of this very afternoon!), you’ve now got two!

We’ve been keeping these amazing vegan fellas under wraps for quite some time now, as we finalized our action-packed, three-day schedule of events, and there’s no better time than now to announce the crazy big news:

Gene Baur and Ayinde Howell have joined to complete our Vida Vegan Con lineup!!!!

More about these vegan wonders:

Ayinde Howell is the co-author of 2014’s stellar cookbook, The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and Those Who Love Them, and we bet you’ve heard of his long-running, eclectic vegan website, ieatgrass.com. In addition to serving as the website’s Editor in Chief, Ayinde is the owner and chef of acclaimed culinary-event focused company, Wildflower, and host of the new vegan cooking series “Like a Vegan” on Ulive.com. Ayinde’s hit recipes have appeared in The New York Times, VegNews Magazine and Essence, among others. This multi-talented vegan force joins our 2015 lineup for a very special class: talking energy, idea-growth, charisma and serious goals in Entrepreneuralim 2.0: Consistency.

Most recently featured on the one-and-only Daily Show discussing the purpose and benefits of eating mindfully, Gene Baur is a widely respected activist, author and the co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization. Gene published his first book Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, in 2008, and it’s much-anticipated follow-up, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, arrived just last month. Gene has been described as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine, and will be no doubt be inspiring both of our audiences in just over two weeks, with a Welcome Address during Friday’s Vegan Bazaar (which is open to the public and has plenty of room for more attendees!) and his solo presentation on Saturday morning during our early conference sessions, entitled The Paths to a Mindful Life.

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Don’t miss out!

Check out our:

 2015 Conference Agenda

Full Speaker Lineup

& grab your spot for our Vegan Bazaar or better yet — the final Vida Vegan Con Weekend!

Updated VVC Agenda + Speaker Series: Fran Costigan

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Fran Costigan VVC speakersOh, hello! There are FIVE MERE weeks ’til Vida Vegan Con III!

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In preparation (as we do), Team VVC spent this past Saturday holed up at jess’ coworking space giving our 2015 agenda a grand overhaul. It’s always bound to happen, and we are so happy with the results! There are quite a bit of new additions — including panels, new names and suggested breakouts — with more surprises to come! Now, earlier that day, we started things off with big mugs of coffee while we caught up with a certain wildly talented New Yorker, the Queen of Vegan Desserts herself…Fran Costigan!

Join all three Vida Vegan Con co-founders for an intriguing chat with this ground-breaking veteran of the vegan culinary scene. Hear about what Fran’s been up to, her upcoming fabulous trips, and what’s in store for her “decadent” Vegan Bazaar demo and the by-popular-demand return of  “Demo-ing the Demo“, during Saturday’s sessions.

To sum things up, we’re thrilled to have the “Queen” join us for a third Vida Vegan Con next month!

Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series: Fran Costigan, Queen of Vegan Desserts

This interview was recorded on Saturday, April 18th at Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and via NYC.

You can catch entire VVC Speaker Series on Youtube.

Catch Fran at Vida Vegan Con May 29th-31st in Austin, TX! You can follow her on Instagram as @goodcakesfran.

LIMITED tickets to our final, three-day super vegan weekend are available hereSee you soon!

Event Announcement: Vida Vegan Con announces final conference

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Hi y’all. Janessa here. We’ve got some news to share. The three of us founders came together recently and had some big talks. As we’ve always aimed to be transparent, honest and loving, as hard as this is to write, we made a decision that we want to share with you.

Jess, Michele and I started Vida Vegan Con in 2009, when Blogspot wasn’t yet owned by Google and Instagram wasn’t a glimpse in the collective blogger’s smartphone’s eyes. It was started with the goal to bring vegans together, to build community and increase knowledge. To learn more about the nuts and bolts of blogging on new platforms, as well as vegan lifestyle issues: activism, mating and dating, fashion, privacy and sharing on social media, photography and cookbook writing… And most importantly, to us, to bring together people who perhaps had never met another vegan, to bridge the gap that vegans felt. To introduce them to their favorite bloggers, authors and celebrities (hello, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Colleen Patrick Goudreau). To make the vegans all over the world feel less alone, more connected and more inspired.

It was the world’s first international vegan conference. Wow. And we succeeded. Because of you. And we went on to organize a second Vida Vegan Con in Portland, where we’re based, and what happened to be the “vegan mecca” at the time. Which also sold out. And a Tech Seminar in Seattle. And an Exquisite Vegan Dinner and Beer Pairing at Portland’s oldest brewpub. And a Holiday How-To party. And now here we are gearing up for Vida Vegan Con III, this time in Austin, Texas, and we couldn’t be more excited. This is a sincere labor of love for all three of us. Throughout the past six years, Jess, Michele and I have poured everything we have into this. And it’s always been a passion project we’ve hoped to turn into a career—as many of you who’ve attended and followed us over the years no doubt understand. We’ve done this while working long hour day jobs, freelancing and changing jobs (and jobs). In so many ways, we’ve put put our lives on hold to give ourselves to all things Vida Vegan Con. And it’s been so, so worth it. The people we’ve met and connected with over the years are some of our favorite people. The people who’ve attended and launched businesses, brands, started blogs & websites and began their companies after Vida Vegan events truly humble us.

This has been an amazing, uplifting, enriching rewarding experience for us, and we hope for all of you, too.

That is why it is with a heavy but clear heart that we want to share with you that this is the last Vida Vegan Con. We all still love each other dearly, and love the niche we fill doing it, but it’s time to move on.

It’s hard work. It’s a full-time job done around our other full-time hours. We’ve all grown and changed a lot in the years since we concepted Vida Vegan Con, and even with the most recent two-year break while we planned the next one, there’s never enough time. The truth of the matter is that it’s turned into a full-time job for the workload, but without the salary. We have always been very intentional about keeping the conference as affordable as possible while giving the most value we can. We never wanted big brand logos to overtake and dilute the feeling of the event; we wouldn’t feel right taking a paycheck from a company we couldn’t all get behind. We always aimed to work with socially conscious brands and companies, and we’re proud to say that we succeeded. Our intentions of a socially responsible conference with integrity and community have been accomplished. And now we leave the folks who’ve been inspired by what they’ve learned or who they’ve met at Vida Vegan Con to continue the trajectory.

We’re not saying goodbye forever; we all still love planning worthwhile vegan events and working for the animals and the communities that support and speak for the animals, the planet and each other. There may be some project down the road, in which case you can expect the same care, attention to detail and time spent planning it. But until then, if you’ve always been wanting to attend, or have been wavering about attending or sponsoring. we feel we owe it to you to be transparent. If you’ve been wanting to come, please do. This is going to be an incredible one, and the first ever in our adopted city of Austin, Texas. This is the first one to include the debut Vegan Bazaar, which is Day One of our three-day Conference and for the first time, open to the public. We’d love for to come and be part of vegan history. Join us.

We love doing this, but life rolls on and it’s time to make some changes and get our lives back. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love, encouragement and support. We couldn’t have made Vida Vegan Con what it was without all of you.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in Austin,

Janessa, Jess & Michele

Co-founders, Vida Vegan

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New Vida Vegan Con Badges, Baby!

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What do you get when you take custom artwork by Herbivore Clothing’s Josh Hooten and throw in some fierce app design skillz from our girl Janessa?!?

Why, our brand spankin’ new Vida Vegan Con badges!

We’ve got some for everybody, from attendees to Bazaar vendors, sponsorsspeakers and (coming soon*) for our weekend “volunteers“!

Share the love:

Please: Download, capture, right click or whatever floats your boat, and share on your social media channels, add them to your website and blog sidebars, or go old-school and print them out for your fridge and wallet. Do be a sweetheart and make sure you link your shiny new badge(s) right here: http://vidavegancon.com/

We heart all of ya in the Vida Vegan Con family & will see you next month!

Of course, make sure to grab your tickets to our full weekend or Friday’s Vegan Bazaar.

*”Volunteer” (aka our trusty assistants) needs are currently being finalized. These are primarily for Friday’s Vegan Bazaar, and not for the actual conference. Please have patience with this scheduling process, as we’re actively coordinating a three-day conference from across the country. Thanks!

Welcome Miyoko + Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer Hour!

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Registered for Vida Vegan Con III? You’re invited to Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer!

We’re living in new realm of vegan cheese these days, from culturing cashews and making your own, to stockpiles of rejuvelac and soirées with biodynamic wine pairings and fancypants, surreal assortments. The world of plant-based cheesy goodness  has undoubtedly grown leaps and bounds in the past three years alone, and that’s thanks to one extraordinary woman: Miyoko Schinner.

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With the release of Artisan Vegan Cheese in 2012, vegans all around the globe suddenly had the instructions to make their own aged, nondairy cheese wheels. And thanks to this woman, her test kitchens, insight, know-how and supporters (and the demand!), vegan cheese-curious & craving folks are now able to go directly to the source (and stop worrying as much about whether their quinoa is sprouting correctly, uh,  not that I can relate to that or anything) from Miyoko’s Kitchen!

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Let’s get to the point, we not only have Miyoko Schinner joining us on our 2015 VVC Speaker Lineup to share her expertise in the vegan business world in her presentation, “Exploits of a Veganpreneur –  Experiences and Lessons Learned through Growing Multiple Vegan Businesses”,  Miyoko’s Kitchen, her signature line of vegan cultured nut products is throwing a special party for all our attendees!

Okay, you know how we’re always saying, “make this a vegan vacation!“, or, this is a “3 day event!”. Well, that’s because it’s true! This year, Vida Vegan Con’s opening day is our debut Vegan Bazaar, which is where we’ll have way more vendors than ever before, all on one day. We’re talking sampling, live demos, special talks, panel discussions on Vegan Family and real talk on just how Austin got so “awesome”, raffles, two vegan taco trucks parked right outside, and for the first time ever, ANYONE can attend. Seriously. We’ve finally made a way to offer the one day ticket so many people have asked about in the past, basically.

The really important stuff:

As a Vida Vegan Con full weekend attendee, you’re already on the door list and you’re receiving this exclusive first hour to all our vendors and an amazing way to start the weekend off: Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer!!

What’s happening: Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer, Vegan Bazaar, day one of Vida Vegan Con
When: Friday, May 29th
Where: The Marchesa Hall & Theatre 6406 N I H 35 # 3100, Austin, TX
Facebook RSVP: Right here

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Info from our Facebook event:

All Vida Vegan Con full-weekend attendees are invited to an exclusive social mixer with Miyoko Schinner, her handcrafted cheeses, and all our other Bazaar vendors! This early access to Friday’s happenings takes place from noon to 1pm at The Marchesa.

The Vegan Bazaar then opens to the public for the day at 1pm. We’re thrilled to have Miyoko on our lineup for 2015! She’ll be sharing stories, lessons, and tips from the vegan business and culinary worlds on Sunday.

Note: This event is exclusively for Vida Vegan Con Weekend attendees. Tickets still available. The Bazaar opens to the public and all ticket holders at 1pm.

Mind-blowing vegan cheese party at a friend’s for Miyoko’s launch, October 2014

One more thing! 

As part of our ongoing Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series, we’ll be airing a live interview with Miyoko tomorrow, April 11th at 11am PST. You can tune in by RSVP’ing over on our Google Page. As always, we’ll make sure to share the video chat on a blog post next week.

See everyone next month! Miyoko’s new cookbook, The Homemade Vegan Pantry, arrives this June.