Vida Vegan Con

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!

Presenting the Vida Vegan Con III T-Shirts, designed by Herbivore’s Josh Hooten!

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When we asked Herbivore’s Josh Hooten to design our Vegan Bazaar postcards and were introduced to this charming armadillo, we thought the same thing so many of you did: “I need that on a t-shirt!

And gosh, sometimes dreams do come true: We’ve got our favorite Vida Vegan Con T-Shirts yet!

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This year, we’ve ordered a few slightly different standard (but awesome) T-Shirt styles in both Unisex and “Ladies” in an array of sizes. Yay! Click on the sizing links below to figure out more on what you’d like to pick up during VVC weekend.

More on sizing & shirt styles in store:

Anvil Ringspun Lightweight 980

Portland & Company Ladies Essential Ringspun 150

Bella + Canvas Relaxed Jersey 6400 

All shirts are solid black (via Portland’s Ink Brigade) and will be available via cash or card on all 3 days of the ‘Con. Pricing to follow.

Please note: we are not doing any pre-orders. The T-Shirts will be sold out at the VVC merch table during Friday’s Vegan Bazaar (first come, first served!!) and again on Saturday and Sunday during the conference happenings.  Any remaining will be sold online afterwards.

Go ahead, rock the armadillo and own a piece of VVC…forever!

Fair Winds Speaker Signings & The Book Nook

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If you run along the spines of your cookbook library, no doubt a bunch of them have a little sailboat on them. That’s our Maestro Sponsor Quarto/Fair Winds! And they’ve got some pretty cool plans for Vida Vegan Con.

At Friday’s Vegan Bazaar

Wouldn’t you know it, a whole bunch of Fair Winds authors will be at VVC, so they’ll be taking turns signing their books at the Quarto table (where, yes, you can also purchase books). Scheduled to appear:

Jackie Sobon (her book’s not out yet, but we’re all pretty excited for it)

At the Conference Center

All through Saturday and Sunday at the AT&T conference center, they’ll be hosting The Book Nook just outside the main ballroom. Chill out between classes or when you need an extra break, charge your cell phone, check out their library, or chat with their acquisitions editor (she’ll be going to classes too but will be in the Nook sporadically).Quarto Group Logo_PublishingUSA_300dpi_CMYK

And of course, you’ll find a little something from them in your SWAG Bag!

Join us in our enormous thanks to Quarto Publishing Group for showing their support for Vida Vegan Con and helping us make the conference special. They’re so excited to be a part of VVC, and we’re so excited to have them join us.

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!

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!

Chatting with Bianca & Miyoko: Double Dose of our Vida Vegan Speaker Series!

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HapBianca Phillips VVC speakerspy Saturday, everyone! We’re sharing two recent editions in one very special post today — so recent that they were recorded within 23 hours of one another. Whoa, there.

We’re talking two different speakers, two different states, three class topics, one exclusive vegan cheese shindig, and four Vida Vegan Con interviewers total (with jess echoing admittedly awkward appearances into both recordings). Here we go!

First up, we catch up with Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk, who joins us for her third VVC next month. That is so exciting! She’ll be roadtrippin’ with her scoby in tow to present a demo on DIY Kombucha & Homebrewing on Friday at our Vegan Bazaar, and later tackling the Ethics of Vegan Dining & Boozing on Sunday afternoon.

Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series: Bianca Phillips, Vegan Crunk

Fun fact: This was the first interview in our ongoing series where a computer crashed! (We then restarted, phew)

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Next up, we talk all things “artisan” with one heck of a vegan culinary and business innovator: Miyoko Schinner of Artisan Vegan Life. We are completely stoked to have Miyoko on our lineup for Vida Vegan Con III, where she’ll be relating her decades of experience in the vegan world during her presentation, Exploits of a Veganpreneur –  Experiences and Lessons Learned through Growing Multiple Vegan Businesses. We’re just as excited (and even more ravenous!) for her vegan cultured nut cheese company’s Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer on Friday, which is an exclusive hour of delicious mingling and vegan access for all full weekend attendees before the Vegan Bazaar opens to the public at 1pm.

Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series: Miyoko Schinner

{Guest Starring Anya the cat}

Oh, hey. We apologize for the sad angle of our webcamera during that one. Better luck next time, folks!

These interview were recorded on April 10 & 11, 2015 at Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and via Memphis, TN and San Francisco, 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 Con Speaker Series. You can watch all our videos to date here. And for goodness sake, make sure you turn notifications off so you don’t get emailed every day.

Catch Bianca and Miyoko at Vida Vegan Con May 29th-31st in Austin, TX!

Looking for our full 2015 VVC Speaker Lineup? You got it.

 ⭐ Tickets to both events during this three-day super vegan weekend are still available.⭐

See you in May!

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.