Vida Vegan Con II
Hi folks! It’s now 12:01pm PST on Wednesday, May 15, with just over a week until Vida Vegan Con II arrives.
As per our last newsletter: Advance signup for select classes is happening RIGHT NOW.
And we’re giving you one signup at a time – Please, peruse the full agenda, think carefully, and sign up for your first choice first. Please – only sign up for yourself, one spot at a time.
There are four topics ahead (with one very small, very special class happening twice).
For….Food Styling: Keeping it Real with Hannah Kaminsky at 12:45-1:30pm on Friday, FULL! Everyone who signed up is in! For….Iphone Food Photography with Isa Chandra Moskowitz at 1:45-2:30pm on Friday, NOW FULL! Everyone who signed up is in!
For…The Making of a Zine: From Conception to Distribution with Kittee Berns, Amey Mathews & Joanna Vaught at 9:30-10:45am on Saturday, sign up right here.
For…Writer’s Block with Isa Chandra Moskowitz at 2:15-4:00pm (note: extra-long session) on Saturday, FULL!. Everyone who signed up is in!
We’ll let you know of all advance signup confirmations by Friday, May 17, 2013.
Remember, there are two, if not three, other classes during all sessions, that you can simply walk into, and plenty to learn and enjoy from so many great speakers, in addition to our new Experts Corner.
All other classes are first come, first served. We’ll notify anyone of open spots via email beforehand – there will be no waitlists (or sneaking in!) at the door. Some of our rooms are incredibly large, and some are rather intimate. There are a few minutes between the classes to get from one building to the next, if need be. There will be helpful signage and directions to all classrooms in the program – hold onto it!
There will be attendants with advanced signups and keeping track of crowding in all rooms – please let them know if you have any questions.
Hey, remember last time, when we announced a sale on vegan tattoos? Well, get ready for round two.
One of the gazillion points of Portland pride is Skeleton Key Tattoo on SE Hawthorne & 17th. Ximena and her crack squad of ink-slingin’ pros are here to make sure you get the right tattoo the right way, in a comfortable, clean shop with great music (and a short post-tattoo walk to Whiffies and Potato Champion).
What makes a tattoo vegan, you ask? They don’t use animal bone charcoal-based black ink or animal glycerin. They do use vegan products where they can, while adhering to the law and putting our safety first. This is not an exclusively vegan shop, so make sure to tell your artist you’re there for vegan ink.
We were lucky enough to have Ximena design these marionberry tattoos for us, to complement our 2011 beets. We found some neat photos and drawings, then Ximena sketched it up for us.
While you’re in town for Vida Vegan Con, from Wednesday through Monday, May 22-27, 2013, Skeleton Key is offering a 15% discount to VVC registrants (attendees, speakers, and special guests). Mention you’re with VVC when you make your appointment, then bring your badge or otherwise confirm that you’re an official attendee—there’s a $65 minimum, and don’t forget to tip your artist!
Skeleton Key Tattoo
1729 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Are you a Portland vegan-friendly business? Want to offer a special for our attendees? Let us know and we’ll spread the word!
Maybe you’re an eleventh-hour packer, praying to the taxi gods that you have time to grab that last load of laundry before the angry honking begins. Or do you have your bags out two weeks in advance, lists (only Excel files will do) perched on your desktop for easy access?
Either way, we figure you could probably use some help deciding what to bring. It’s Portland, late May, and you’re going to spend three days or so with people who photograph and write about everything they see—no pressure there!
- Car? Don’t bother. It’s a city, which means you will pay too much for parking at your hotel or near the museum. It’s not as bad as some cities, but still. With our public transportation, unless you’re venturing out to the ocean or mountains you just won’t need it. (But if you must, we have some tips on local parking here).
- Comfortable shoes. We’re looking at long days, and while your needs are seen to within the Art Museum buildings during the day, you will absolutely want to explore Portland in the evenings and beyond—we’ve arranged activities all over the city, and it would be a shame not to get out there and soak up all the Portland you possibly can.
- Layers. You never really know what you’re going to get here; a zipped-up-hoodie morning could lead to a back-sweat afternoon. And sure, it could rain.
- Maybe a little something fancy? Saturday night’s Galarama + Silent Auction is the perfect excuse to get a little glitzy, although dressing up is by no means mandatory.
- Business cards. How many new friends will you be making? It’s a great idea to have an easy way to share your blog URL, email address, and social media handle(s). (Remember, no swag or solicitation! Let’s keep it classy and comfortable for all.)
- Camera! As if we need to remind bloggers to bring their cameras, but still. We’re saying it out loud—and don’t forget your charger and extra SD card! (And if you’re the social media type, use #VidaVeganCon or #VVC2013 to spread the love…and make everybody jealous.)
- Extra bag. Hey, you’re gonna be acquiring a lot of stuff—from SWAG bag goodies to cookbooks to tourist trinkets. How many pounds of bulk Soy Curls can you stuff in those pockets?
Did we miss something? Were you at the 2011 conference? Was there anything you either were so relieved you’d brought or really wished you’d remembered?
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!
Update: We will be unveiling the winner soon!
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 VidaVeganShirtContest@gmail.com
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!
Vida Vegan Con II
Vida Vegan logo (see below) – or make a new one!
May 24-26, 2013
Vegan Summer Camp
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:
That’s it! For now….
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
2011 Vida Vegan Con speakers Kelly Peloza, yours truly, Leigh-Chantelle and Lauren Christensen
Part of the ever-appropriate Reality, Identity & Blogging panel
The awesome Casa Bonita lunch buffet (please tell me someone else out there appreciates this silly reference)
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.
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.