2015 Vida Vegan Con Speaker Roundup #1

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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 VVC III 2015

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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 VVC III 2015 speakers

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

2013 Speaker Lineup

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See you there!
See you there!

It’s here! It’s here!

We are now three mere days away from the unveiling of the Vida Vegan Con class schedule (on Saturday!), and it’s time to present the super-talented folks who will be making it all happen, our scheduled 2013 Speaker Lineup.

This exclusive list includes our favorite best-selling cookbook authors, health experts, long-time bloggers, inspirational speakers, tech wizards, political writers, community leaders, and more—and more. Let’s do this!

The scheduled 2013 Vida Vegan Speakers:

To peruse the full list, check out their glorious websites and lovely photos, head over here.

Vida Vegan Con returns May 24-26, 2013, in Portland, OR. Tickets remain here.

A Very Special Vida Vegan Con 2013 Speaker Preview

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Psssst….between us, we received over 100 submissions when we posted our open call for speakers for the second Vida Vegan Con, in May 2013. The decision-making was SUCH hard work and an ongoing process for several weeks after the deadline closed (this was May 1, 2012—over a year in advance!) We wanted a smaller pool of speakers vs. our 2012 conference, to open more opportunities for our wonderful speakers to share their thoughts, and we now have an utterly amazing list of talented individuals we are stoked to reveal soon.

With that, we thought it was time to more-than-officially leak a few names, because if you’re like us organizers, any whisper of Vida Vegan news is always exciting.

Reflecting the grand list (which will be posted on its own page later this summer, we promise), these folks are passionate individuals who you may recognize as authors, speakers, community leaders, witty writers, bloggers, activists, hosts, 2011 speakers, new folks we’re thrilled to add, and delightful combinations of all and any of the above.

Vida Vegan presents the following speakers  for our second conference (in no particular order):

Laura Beck, Vegansaurus
Ginny Messina, The Vegan RD
Hannah Kaminsky, Bittersweet Blog
Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, Our Hen House
Bianca Phillips, Vegan Crunk
Lisa Pitman, Vegan Culinary Crusade
Joni Marie Newman, Just The Food
John McDevitt, The Laziest Vegans
Nava Atlas, VegKitchen
Maeve Connor, Heartichoke Supper Club
Nicole Sopko, Vegan Things I Like
Sayward Rebhal, Bonzai Aphrodite
Erika Larson, The Cosmopolitan Hour
Leigh-Chantelle Koch, Viva La Vegan
Kelly Peloza, The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur
Gena Hamshaw, Choosing Raw

And this is just a sneak peak at the full lineup. More to come! With handy links & all. Tickets (and scholarships!) are still available over here.

See you all back in Portland in May!

If you’re interested in speaking at the August 2014 conference in Chicago, IL, stay tuned for the open call! No need to email us at this time.

Reminder: Speaker Deadline is May 1

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Hi guys!

Now that you’ve all read the big announcement (we’re SO EXCITED), we want to share this reminder with you:

Potential speakers:  your applications are due by MAY 1.  This is for everyone; those of you who spoke in 2011 and want to speak again, and those of you who didn’t speak in 2011 but want to in 2013.


The Travel Panel, 2011. Photo courtesy of Veg News.

Remember that we’re aiming for a smaller speaking pool this time around, and you’ll be likely asked for involvement twice, if not three times or more, during the weekend conference. Think talks, panels, discussion groups, etc. Keep an open mind–and get ready to talk.

Please remember that all speakers are subject to approval. All traveling speakers will be offered a limited travel credit reimbursement.

With that, please see this link, and we welcome past speakers, attendees, and new folks to apply away!

See you guys in May 2013 in Portland!

Guest Post: Kelly & Joni of Backyard BBQ with an Indian Twist

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Time for another guest post!  We start Vida Vegan Con shenanigans tonight at the Meet & Greet and our exclusive sneak peak of Vegucated and Portland is just buzzing with vegan excitement and the smell of nooch. The lovely ladies behind today’s guest post, Joni Marie Newman and Kelly Peloza, are both in town already and wanted to share some information about their Sunday demo at Whole Foods. Spots are still available, and open to non-conference goers, so email us ASAP at VidaVeganConference [AT] gmail.com to get on the list!
On the Menu: Rosewater Lemon Cupcakes
Enough of that, let’s find out more about those cupcakes and talk Backyard BBQ with an Indian Twist with Kelly & Joni:
We will be taking traditional backward barbecue fare and exciting the
taste buds with a different palette of flavors and texture. On the
menu is Kofta Kebabs with Tangy Tahini Dipping Sauce, Creamy Curry
Coleslaw with Cashews and Currants, and Rosewater Lemonade Cupcakes.
These dishes are single-serving, easy to eat, and delicious, all
desired qualities for your backyard shindig! Join us for a demo, lots
of food samples, and a great time!To start things off, we’ll toss together a simple but delicious
Creamy Curry Coleslaw made with purple cabbage. It is chock full
of surprises. Currants, cashews, and roasted red peppers sneak
into each and every bite. Next up, our main course will be Kofta
Kebabs; A deliciously spiced food-on-a-stick that comes together in
mere minutes. For the more traditional backyard chefs, these kebabs
can also be made into burger patties. Alongside, a Tangy Tahini
Dipping Sauce that also works well as a spread if you opt for a burger
instead.Dessert will be a tantalizing rosewater lemonade cupcake. A fluffy
rosewater-infused buttercream tops a light and delicate lemon cake for
a sweet refreshing finish to an amazing meal. Single-serving desserts
are perfect for any casual get together and these cupcakes are packed
with flavor.

On the menu: Kofta Kabobs and sauce

The Urban Vegan seeks blog posts for class

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It’s time for some official Vida Vegan Con class news – Dynise Balcavage, of The Urban Vegan, is seeking submissions for her class, an ‘Extreme Food Writing Workshop‘, one of a few classes discussing the art of food writing itself at the conference. Here’s the request, via Dynise:

Wanted: Food blog post “makeover” candidates for my Viva Vegan conference workshop

Are your culinary descriptions as wilted as last week’s lettuce? Food blogging requires the ability to make readers “taste” your creations using words alone – & as few as possible. I’ll help you pare down your writing & “tofu up” your descriptiveness. Want one of your blog posts made over? Send me a link: theurbanvegan@yahoo.com

Note: This is not limited to conference goers. Jump on in, folks!


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Recently, the Vida Vegan Con organizers sat down with our pens, markers, assorted highlighters, printouts, posterboard, computers, Michele’s cat, teacups of mimosa, and here today, we officially present our 2011 Vida Vegan Con Classes and Speaking Assignments:

Of course, everything is subject to change. Expect surprises. Our fingers are still crossed for a special guest appearance and dance-along with Ellen.



  • Extreme Food Writing Makeover, Dynise Balcavage, Urban Vegan


Cooking Demos at Whole Foods:

  • To be Announced! (If you’re a speaker and interested – shoot us an email!)

Opening Talk:

  • To Be Announced!

Closing Talk:

Speaking of greatness, if you’re one of our speakers or moderators and don’t feel up to date, email us and let’s get in the loop! As always, stay tuned for more. Detailed email updates are going out for each class starting today.

As of this post, the conference is entirely sold out, but email us immediately at VidaVeganConference [at] gmail.com to join the waitlist and  we’ll let you know if spots open.

All three organizers (Janessa, Michele & myself) will be doing giveaways on our own blogs, as well as our sponsors. The first creative contest will be announced this weekend on Get Sconed!

Everything is still in development, but if you have any questions or concentrations you’d like the panels, classes, and workshops to cover, simply email us at VidaVeganConference[at]gmail.com or post on our facebook wall.

We can’t make any guarantees, but we’ll all try our hardest in this big group effort of vegan community!

Look for select live-streaming of the event if you can’t attend! www.vidavegancon.com

Our Saturday evening Silent Auction & Galarama will be open to the public as well – details to come! Consider it the vegan prom for vegan bloggers. That’s right.


See you all this summer at the world’s first vegan blogging conference!

Speaker RoundUp #4: This is It!

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Here comes the final Speaker roundup for Vida Vegan Con in August 2011. The full list is here.

If you’re thinking, “Holy Crap! That’s a long list!” it’s because there are so many inspirational, charismatic vegan bloggers, and we were honestly shocked and awed that so many confirmed interest! The organizers sat down to our first round of scheduling in talks, panels, and workshops last weekend, and it’s pretty mind-blowing with greatness and 2-3 sessions per time slot.

Our deadline for speaking is now closed, and without further adieu, here are the last of our confirmed speakers:

See these lovely folks in August:

Hannah Kaminsky: Ms. BitterSweet
Susan Voisin: Fat Free Vegan
The Urban Housewife: Melisser Elliot
Lidiana Cruz: The Spicy Vegan
Joni Marie Newman of Just the Food
Chelsea Lincoln: The Flavor Vegan
Laura Beck, co-founder of Vegansaurus.com
Jordan Pattern, co-host of The Cosmopolitan Hour
Maeve Connor of Chloe and Louvella's Vegan Dating Service and Agnes


Webly Bowles: Stumptown Vegan
Erika Larson, co-host of The Cosmopolitan Hour
Tamisin Noyes of Vegan Appetite
Jess of Get Sconed! Photo by VeganShizzle
Janessa: The Epicurious Vegan
Meave Gallagher, co-founder of Vegansaurus.com
Wendy Gabbe Day: Veg Food & Fit
Michele Truty: Vegtastic Voyager
Gena Hamshaw: Choosing Raw
Sherri Montgomery: Vegan Noshin'
Amy Gedgaudas: Tahini Too!
Amey Mathews of Vegan Eats & Treats and friend
Kittee, the Cake Maker to the Stars, and her friend Vee

Throw some exclamation points into the air, because we’re getting a contingent from….

And last but not least:

Isa Chandra Moskowtiz of The Post Punk Kitchen

With that, Early Bird Registration is still open!

Who wouldn’t want to listen to these fine folks speak and unite with their fellow vegan bloggers? We’re already gearing up for a weekend of hugs and coconut creamer.

On the matter of Speakers & Deadlines & Other News

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Hi guys!

A few quick announcements and some microphone clip art regarding  the Vida Vegan Bloggers Conference coming in August 2011.

We’ve had a lot of suggestions and emails about speaking these past few weeks, and they warm our vegan hearts.

We’ve spent hours—no, days!—on the great vegan internets, bookmarking, making lists, searching out contact information, and seeking recommendations for our grand panel of speakers. Best research ever, right?

Have you seen the confirmed list? It’s really that grand. And the deadline for our invited speakers to confirm isn’t until  November 1. Thank you guys for the support!

That being said, we are no longer accepting applications to speak at the first Vida Vegan Con. We simply don’t have room on the busy schedule—but if you email us, we’re happy to keep you in mind for wherever Vida Vegan Con is in 2012! And of course, you’re encouraged to attend.

In other news:

  • Weekend Registration is Open!
  • Worried about the price? We’re still accepting applications for two Scholarship spots that cover weekend registration. Check out the details & tell us your story.
  • Updated Conference Agenda coming next week.
  • More to come on our official Vegan Map of Portland! This city is considered a vegan mecca, and all that jazz. This map will be handed to each and every attendee and will be handy during after-hours excursions.

Speaker Round Up #3: Vegans Rule

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We are proud to announce the latest inspiring additions to our impressive list of speakers for Vida Vegan Con:

The full list of Speakers is here.

And now it’s time for a photo display:


Bryanna Clark Grogan at the McDougall Celebrity Chef event. Photo by Scott Hurlbert



Jasmin Singer of Our Hen House



Ryan Patey of T.O.F.U. Magazine



Melody: Lady Melomeals



Gabrielle Pope, vegan writer



Stephanie Redcross of Vegan Mainstream



Sayward Rebhal of Bonzai Aphrodite



MeShell, the Prairie Vegan



Dawn Quinn, writer with Tacoma Weekly


More to come!

Just a reminder: If you’ve been invited to speak, the deadline for completed applications is November 1, 2010.

After that time, depending on our feedback and speaking assignments, we may open the speaking pool to the public. Please stay tuned!

As for attendance, come learn, mingle and register here!

It’s going to be one heck of an amazing, informational summer weekend in Portland, OR!