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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.

VVC Speaker Series #6: Joni Marie Newman, Just the Food

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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.

Catch more of Joni and her “recipes, rants & raves” and  over at her blog, Just the Food. Peruse her extensive set of cookbook titles here.

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.

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.

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!

Vida Vegan Speaker Series #3: Whitney Lauritsen, Eco-Vegan Gal

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Happy Monday! Vida Vegan Con’s week is off to an enthusiastic start after an inspiring edition of our new VVC Speaker Series yesterday with the ever-motivational Whitney Lauritsen of Eco-Vegan Gal.

This lovely lady is the founder and face of Eco-Vegan Gal, a leading resource and influential authority on all things online video and vegan lifestyle, which she launched in 2008.  Whitney is no stranger to VVC-land, having covered both conferences on her signature YouTube channel and attending in person in 2013,  and we’re delighted to have her join our 2015 speaker lineup!

Join Jess & Michele as Whitney discusses taking March’s Expo West by storm, what she’s digging in LA these days, various eco living tips and both the creativity and guidance she’s bringing to Vida Vegan Con this May with her “Kick Ass Vegan Videos Workshop”.

Vida Vegan Speaker Series: Whitney Lauritsen, Eco-Vegan Gal

The following interview was recorded on Sunday, February 22nd at Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA 

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 this week, to help Whitney customize her class to your interests even more!

Look for Whitney at Vida Vegan Con May 29-31st, where she’ll be presenting her Youtube workshop on Sunday, surely taping her own video or two, and joining in on the fun at Friday’s (open to the public!) Vegan Bazaar.

Tickets to both events during this three-day super vegan weekend are available here. See you in May!

Vida Vegan Con’s #VeganHolidays Roundup!

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Happy December Holidays + Cheers to the almost New Year!

We seriously dug checking out all of your celebrating and creativity for the #veganholidays these past few days! Here is just a handful of all the beautiful, memorable and tasty happenings that caught our eyes from such an inspiring collection. Personally, I went out to one of my favorite Thai spots on xmas to avoid cooking, so it was pretty dang fun to live so vicariously!

Check out all of these lovely folks’ feeds for more.

First up, some mini mince meat pies adorned with little stars, courtesy of Jojo, aka @veganinbrighton!

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Next up, let’s head to Melbourne with @veganmiam for a slice of this lovely, raw christmas cheesecake from Pana Chocolate:

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Here’s @astigvegan’s “Champorado”, a chocolate rice porridge with coconut milk and salty, seaweed-dredged tofu.

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Sweet + salty? Count me in.

So much charm: Fresh mint & pineapple punch and cunningly *deviled potatoes* from @plantmunchers

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Here’s a gorgeous and rather jolly green smoothie from @chemese:

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Ponder this: Is the best part of gingerbread cookies decorating them however the heck you want, or what?!?

What we mean is, @ameyfm‘s kitchen is quite inspired!

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More sweets: @21stcenturyeden breaks out some fantastic vegan peanut butter twix:

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I’ll let the caption for this next one speak for itself, go figure…

“Christmas-ing our balls off. Spot the many vegan options, including my beloved @auntieloostreats’ Yule log!” via @lbennet3

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George, always quite the star. via @pandawithcookie

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The following cheeseball has been haunting my dreamssssss. via @vegancuts by @johnwiseman

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Must. Make.

Give it up for @dimsimkitty and these surely tasty vegan ham & cheese croissants:

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Lush love: @ethical_vegan received one heck of a sweet haul!

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Yes, please! Traditional Vanille-Kipferl from @nathalie.claire:

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@Plantenergy_ brightens up the party with her refreshing veggie sushi:

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Let’s be real, there’s always room for biscuits, especially when they look as comforting and savoury as @jlgoesvegan’s recent take:

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As if we’d close things down without a slice of buche de noel. This one is adorned with marzipan mushrooms, for peter’s sake! via @vegans_for_peace by @joaniebhansen

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‘Til next time! Happy New Year, everyone!

(21 weeks ’til Vida Vegan Con 2015! Register here.)

For more strolling, head to #veganholidays on Gramfeed

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This Sunday: Vida Vegan Con Winter Google Hangout with Eco-Vegan Gal & Friends!

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You’re Invited!

Join us for a winter wonderland of a Google Hangout this Sunday with VVC2015 Speaker Eco-Vegan Gal!

When: Sunday, December 7, 2014 starting at 11amPST/1pmCST/2pmEST for one hour

Who: Vida Vegan Con’s Janessa Philemon-Kerp, Jess Sconé, and Michele Truty, special guest Whitney Lauritsen and anyone who joins us!

Whitney Lauritsen VVC speakersWhat: Join Vida Vegan Con founders Janessa, Jess and Michele to discuss winter holiday recipes, memories, entertaining tips and hear some big announcements about what’s in store at Vida Vegan Con III in May. We’ll be joined by a special guest, Whitney Lauritsen aka Eco-Vegan Gal, who’ll be sharing her own holiday tips in a live Q & A, what she’s been up to and what this self-made YouTube star has planned for her own special class at VVC2015.

Hold up! Bonus! Well, Jess is pretty sure she clicked all the correct buttons to make this broadcast (and record!) live! This means you don’t have to “join” in on the chat to witness our shenanigans, but if you do, you’re a part of the fun!

Whether you’re attending, thinking about grabbing a ticket or just super wish you could be there, this is a chance to ask us all your questions about Vida Vegan Con.

Where: Google Hangout! Here’s the event page: Vida Vegan Con December Hangout. You don’t have to have the silly world of Google Plus all figured out by any means: just click on the link and check the event out! We do recommend that you turn off the event notifications (Boooooring).

RSVP & we’ll see you there!

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P.S. Looking for more vegan holiday entertaining ideas? Download our 2013 Holiday E-Zine for a mere $3 bucks! Created for last December’s Holiday Hors D’oeuvres & How-Tos event, this e-zine is filled with wintry recipes as well as craft instructions, decorating tips, and gift ideas. Recipes include Cauliflower “Goat Cheese” and Baked Maple Whiskey Popcorn!

Vegan Thanksgiving Ideas from Vida Vegan & Friends!

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You like fluffy biscuits? We adore fluffy biscuits! You like gravy? We lo-o-o-ve gravy! Here at Vida Vegan HQ, Janessa’s daydreaming of mashed potatoes and pie, Michele is gonna get down with some stuffing in a very special way, and I’m seriously craving sweet potatoes, which can only mean one thing: let’s talk Vegan Thanksgiving recipes! It’s last minute, for sure, but there’s always time to add another pie to the menu. Sheesh.

With the need for an assortment of pies, savoury stuffing and whatever seitan/tofu/en croute is the latest and greatest or best of the rest, let’s grab a plate, enjoy with loved (or liked!) ones, and keep menu planning for one delicious American Thanksgiving afternoon!

And may we suggest, if your American T-Day celebration isn’t as cruelty-free as you may like (oh, family), we recommend you find your local veg group, or start your own vegan potluck with friends, and veganize the heck out of your family favorites on another day. Enjoy!

Check out these Vegan Thanksgiving photos & holiday tips from our own Vida Vegan Con 2015 Speakers & Friends:

Starting things off with a little something something…

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Apple Pie on the Rocks, via Vegan Yack Attack. Cheers, Jackie!

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Perhaps the ultimate fall comfort food, we have a legit Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Mashed Parsnip and Potato Mash, courtesy of Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw, via Food 52. Check out Gena’s tips on veganizing your own Thanksgiving, including her “perfect vegan pie crust“, over here.

For even more tips and on all things mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing, check out The Sexy Vegan’s latest holiday episode. He’s quite the informative fella!

This one has definitely become a new Vegan Thanksgiving classic: Joni Marie Newman’s Seitan en Croute from 500 Vegan Recipes. Mmmm, “en croute”.

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It’s quite the savoury masterpiece. The recipe is up on Just the Food. You know what to do.

Here in Portland, Oregon, we look forward to food writer Grant Butler’s holiday recipe guides in The Oregonian every year. I seriously found my new favorite pie thanks to his pieces last year, veganizing Four & Twenty Blackbirds’ Black Bottom Oatmeal Pie for the second year in a row just yesterday.

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Check out Grant’s most recent, talking all things cranberry sauce (with some recipes, of course): 7 Thanksgiving cranberry sauce, relish and chutney recipes, via Oregonian FoodDay.

Another holiday favorite goes to Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Chickpea Cutlets:

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Since Veganomicon’s release in 2007, I have been to so many potlucks and dinners that have starred these great patties (okay, fine, and last year she made them inside my apartment. Wowzers.)

Okay, we’ve got the seitan, so don’t forget the biscuits!!

Fluffy Biscuits & Creamy Sage Gravy, Vegan Diner

Fluffy Biscuits & Creamy Sage Gravy, Julie Hasson’s Vegan Diner

Frankly, it’s almost time for pie, so let’s get down with some sweet potatoes as a stepping stone. The aroma of mashed sweet potatoes, cinnamon & pecan is my ultimate holiday food nostaglia, and this one looks deeeee-lightful:

The Blissful Chef’s Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecan Topping

Want your mashed sweet potatoes to be SWEET potatoes? Er….yams? Sayward’s got ya covered with these Traditional “Dandied” Yams:

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If you’re like me, you’ve been known to insist on mac & cheese as part of your Vegan Thanksgiving spread.

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Monique over at Brown Vegan knows what I’m talking about, and is a fellow lover of the non-traditional VegNews recipe that made waves a few years ago. She’s got it posted up over here.

You made it through! It time for pie!

First up, this absolutely gorgeous chocolate pecan pie from chocolate guru Fran Costigan:

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And goodness, gracious: Maple Yam-Ginger Pie from Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitchen.

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You can find that recipe up on FancyFoodFancy.

And when in doubt, both the Voluptuous Vegan and Bryanna Clark Grogan have epic offerings of their own. Isa has the first recipe up on ThePPK.

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And hey, both Hannah Kamsinky and Dynise Balcavage have released exclusively vegan pie cookbooks in recent years.

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What a beautiful time for veganism.

And because some of us really like to go back for more stuffing, we’ve got two more for ya, of the cornbread persuasion:

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Cornbread Sofrito Stuffing with Veggie Chorizo, courtesy of Terry Hope Romero on Vegan Latina.

And one more for the road: Vegan Southern-Style Cornbread Stuffing, courtesy of Susan Voisin on Fatfree Vegan.

For more ideas, check out these real life Thanksgiving Feasting recaps from our friends Bianca Phillips, Sayward Rebhal, Lisa Coulson (aka Panda with Cookie) & Jackie Sobon:

Thanksgiving Recap, or, Tale of Unturkey, via Vegan Crunk

What we ate Wednesday: THANKSGIVING!, via Bonzai Aphrodite

All things Vegan Thanksgiving on Vegan Yack Attack

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes & Plans, via Panda with Cookie

Plus, Vegan Cuts has this awe-inspiring Vegan Thanksgiving Pinterest collection.

Go team, go!

One small thing that makes a big difference? Print out or hand write a nice menu for your delicious spread, and post it on the wall. We bet it’ll get your company even more excited!

As for us, Janessa’s whole family will be together for the first time in years! Their plans include pumpkin pie, pizza and going outside to play “Leaf Extreme”. Michele is gonna be getting down with some of these, and I’m bringing Shiraz, chocolate cream pie and biscuit dough (Dude, you better believe it’s homemade!) to a small get-together (while craving Thai food, no doubt). My evening plans include relaxing with my partner, more pie, and Skyping my sister and her new dog.

And if you need an idea for staying in and avoiding the world, may we suggest keeping calm, picking up some Pad Thai and Pumpkin Curry, and relaxing with some quirky science fiction on Netflix. Nice.