With Vida Vegan Con III just a few months away (get your conference tickets! start planning your taco map! ask your friends to come with you and attend the first ever PUBLIC vegan bazaar!), we three organizers are scheduling as many direct and personal Google Hangout chats with our talented speakers as time allows. Tune in and follow along with us!
We had the pleasure of speaking with Lacy Davis of Super Strength Health a few days ago. This lady is awesome. She’ll be traveling to Austin and attending Vida Vegan Con as a first-time speaker to present on How Reading Blogs & Social Media Can Influence Veganism, Body Image, Self-Esteem, ED Recovery. We chat with her about how she got started, which projects she’s working on, who inspires her, and she answers the all-important age old question: taco or burrito?
Oh, things are buzzing in the Vida Vegan Con world, with Michele and Jess arriving in Austin this very morning on some official conference business (and tacos). We’ve made glorious leaps and bounds with the conference schedule and all the not-so-last-minute adjustments, which is both pretty fun and pretty zany when you’re dealing with 25+ speakers and twice as many classes.
Here’s a look at what’s shakin’ right now:
FRIDAY, MAY 29TH:
The weekend starts off with the Vida Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. We’re talking all things vegan expo, vendors, sampling, demos, and for the first time ever, it’s open to the public! Early bird tickets are now available for your family, friends, and anyone else who’d like to check out a big taste of Vida Vegan Con shenanigans. And OF COURSE, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees are already on the door list and are invited to come for a very exclusive hour before everyone else gets in The Marchesa’s doors.
On top of all the festival fun times and a certain Earth Balance photobooth, we’ll have speakers and special guests sharing their expertise with Lazy Smurf’s Austin Community Panel, Joanna Vaught moderating the Vegan Family Panel, DIY Homebrewing with Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk, and an irresistible demo from the “Queen of Vegan Desserts,” Fran Costigan. So, so, so much more to come!
The Vida Vegan Bazaar = Exclusive to VVC attendees: 12–1 pm + Open to the public: 1–7 pm
SATURDAY, MAY 30TH:
The next day brings all our conference attendees to AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin’s University District for an action-packed day of only-at-Vida Vegan Con classes, presentations, workshops, panels, breakouts, discussion groups, new-friend-making & mingling, galore—and surely epic Texas-size vegan breakfast and lunch buffets.
Saturday Conference hours, from breakfast through the last class: 8 am – 5 pm
We’ve currently scheduled the following Saturday content, which often means two, if not three or more classes in the same session, phew:
- Cookbook Writing: From concept to proposal to testing to editing to print with Joni Marie Newman
- Food Justice with Bryant Terry
- Blogging Etiquette & Social Media Essentials with Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack
- Science Is Awesome! Why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism with Matt Ruscigno MPH RD of True Love Health & Strongest Hearts
- Zine Making Workshop with Amey Mathews of Vegan Eats & Treats
- Design & Branding with Michelle Lee of Broadview Design
- Legal Info for Online Content with Attorney Randi Milgram of Laughfrodisiac
- Post Processing for Food Photography, or How to fix almost anything with software with Susan Voisin of Fatfree Vegan Kitchen
- Preventing Ex-Vegans with Ginny Messina, “The Vegan RD“
- Food Styling Workshop with Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet
- Can We All Just Get Along: Finding common ground in different forms of activism with Christy Morgan, aka “The Blissful Chef“
- How to Deal With Facing Failing Health as a Vegan with Sayward Rebhal of Bonzai Aphrodite
- Demo-ing the Demo with Fran Costigan
- Touring Your Book or Project with 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner Nicole J. Georges
- with more panels & breakouts to be announced!
SUNDAY, MAY 31ST:
continues at AT&T Executive Education Center for even more learning, community building & fun from Saturday. Ya dig?
The Sunday schedule is set to include the following:
- Kickstart/Crowdfund your Vegan Food Dream with Terry Hope Romero
- How To Make Kick-Ass Vegan Videos on YouTube with Whitney Lauritsen, aka “Eco Vegan Gal“
- Avenues to a Vegan Healthcare Career & Nutrition Wars with Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw
- Video & Film as Activism Through Storytelling with Sasha Perry of Strongest Hearts
- Vegan Athletes Panel with Christy Morgan, Matt Ruscigno & Lacy J. Davis
- New! Vegan Business Class TBA with Miyoko Schinner of Artisan Vegan Life & Miyoko’s Kitchen
- Writing Recipes with Grant Butler of The Oregonian’s FoodDay
- Social Media Class TBA with Brian Patton, aka “The Sexy Vegan“
- Honesty in Your Online Presence with Monique Koch of Brown Vegan
- Vegan Internet Entrepeneur Class TBA with Jill Pyle of Vegan Cuts
- On-Location Photography with Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet
- Veganism, Body Image, Self-Esteem, ED Recovery: How reading blogs & social media can influence all of the above with Lacy J. Davis of Superstrength Health
- Building Your Own App with Joshua May of Clue
- The Ethics of Vegan Dining & Boozing with Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk
- Vegan Travelin’ + Blogging with Jojo Huxster of vegan.in.brighton
- Talking Cruelty-Free Cosmetics & Beauty with Tashina Combs of Logical Harmony
- & yup, more details to come!
Sunday Conference hours, from breakfast through the closing talk: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Stay tuned for the big, bad official agenda!
We’ll be sure to let you know if any classes or hands-on workshops require advance signup via attendee newsletters (which you’ll receive at the address you buy your ticket with, so do let us know if there’s a change).
(And keep an eye out for Sunday night after-party info!)
💚 Please note, all is subject to change, except for the fact that this experience will be amazing. 💚
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!
You know the deal: We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. So much feedback to consider. Seriously, why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?!
But we’ve done it, and now we are so excited to share it with you! Each week we’re featuring a handful of speakers, with a teaser of what sort of expertise they’ll be sharing with you (and that’s on top of the class topics sneak peek we shared earlier this summer).
As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, experts, and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire. We’ll debut the official conference agenda in early 2015.
So here they are, in randomly random order, your fourth set of Vida Vegan Con III speakers (and there’s still more to come!):
Bryant Terry, Afro-Vegan
We are beyond ecstatic to have this award-winning author, chef, educator, and food justice activist join our lineup for 2015. Bryant is the author of The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, Grub, and his latest, Afro-Vegan, and he will surely inspire you to learn and do more to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.
Christy Morgan, The Blissful Chef
Seasoned personal chef, cookbook author, blogger, food coach, and VVC alumnae, Christy is a Certified Personal Trainer and the editor of Definition magazine. She’s joining our 2015 lineup to talk about finding common ground in different forms of activism. She’s also a bodybuilder, and is currently giving a Yoga and Wellness Retreat in Bali!
Jill Pyle, Vegan Cuts
The face of the hugely successful Vegan Cuts, reliably and consistently sparking the community with excitement over new vegan products, Jill will share her self-made expertise on turning your passion into a profitable career. Hello, next wave of Internet entreprenuers! This one’s for you—and everyone else who enjoys getting vegan treats in the mail.
Lacy Davis, Super Strength Health
Another new speaker to our 2015 lineup, Lacy is a health coach and vegan fitness enthusiast teacher who’ll present on the must-have-discussions of veganism, body image, ED recovery and the influence of online media. She “refuses to let society dictate [her] sense of fulfillment and self worth,” and really digs tacos and green smoothies. (High-fives!)
Randi Milgram, Laughfrodisiac
Randi owns our heart because she started her witty, engaging blog after attending VVC 2013! In her free time, she’s been known to veganize the recipes from Friends, but by day, she’s a lawyer specializing in intellectual property. She’ll be presenting a unique class on legal info for online content—what rules you need to follow and how you can protect your work and your brand.
And so we bring a close to round four of our speaker reveals—and we’ve got a couple more rounds to go! Check out the rest of the revealed lineups:
Ready to register? Yeah, you know it. So put in for your vacation time, get ready to explore Austin’s fantastic vegan scene, and grab your spot today!
Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX
We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. We used and abused a dry-erase board… You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. Why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?! (Seriously, Google, how about sponsoring us?)
But we’ve done it, and now we can’t wait to share it with you! Each week we’ll feature a handful of speakers, with a teaser of what sort of expertise they’ll be sharing with you (to supplement the class topics sneak peek we posted last week).
As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, smartypantses, and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire.
So here they are, in randomly random order, your first handful of Vida Vegan Con III speakers:
Susan Voisin, of Fat Free Vegan.
An overwhelming crowd favorite from VVC2013, Susan will be teaching us post-processing for food photography—how to fix almost anything with software. She’ll also be sharing teaching duties in a class on monetizing your blog.
Sasha Perry, of Strongest Hearts.
New to VVC, Sasha is a veteran filmmaker who was recently a producer and shooter (the camera kind!) on a little show called “Whale Wars” on Animal Planet. Sasha will be presenting on video and film as activism through storytelling. Get ready to get inspired!
Ginny Messina, of The Vegan RD.
Ginny’s back for her third round of VVC, and we couldn’t be more honored to bring you arguably the best-respected voice in vegan nutrition. This year she’ll be talking about a super hot topic, preventing ex-vegans.
Tashina Combs, of Logical Harmony.
Tashina has become the go-to resource for vegan cosmetics and bodycare and we’re glad to welcome her to her first time speaking at VVC. She’ll be teaching us about the difference between cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics, what to look for, what questions to ask, and who you can trust.
Brian Patton, of The Sexy Vegan.
Cookbook author, podcaster, and the 2013 Vida Vegan Galarama host, Brian is presenting his first VVC class this year. He’ll be breaking down social media and teaching us how to tweet like you give a damn.
There you have it, round one, with so much more to come! Ready to register? Especially as we announce speakers, these tickets are gonna go fast. Put in for your vacation time and reserve your spot today!
Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX
First of all, a big THANK YOU to everyone who bought Early Bird tickets, inclusive- and double-inclusive weekend tickets, and contributed to our Vida Vegan Membership Drive. Y’all ROCK.
And now, with Early Bird tickets sold out and speakers now confirmed, get ready for the next step… general registration is now open.
Tickets to this three-day, full-weekend event that now includes the first ever Friday Vegan Bazaar are available now—click here for more info and to grab your spot. May 29-31, 2015, is gonna be a blast and we can’t wait to see you there!