Vida Vegan Con

Get in the Vida Vegan Con 2015 SWAG Bag of Wonder!

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Calling all vegan-loving brands!

Get your vegan food, cutting edge tech gadget, latest cruelty-free beauty product, or other creative item in the hands of every single Vida Vegan Con III attendee.

Vida Vegan Con attendees =

Vegan Content Creators
Professional Bloggers
Cookbook Authors
Business Owners
Community Leaders
Social Media Users
& more!

For starters, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts will be in the 2015 SWAG Bag:


Plus, Schmidt’s natural deodorant and Chicago Vegan Foods Dandies marshmallows, to name a super quick few! Limited spaces remaining, so get in touch!

The Three Steps to SWAG Bag of Wonder Placement:

  1. Your company or brand contributes 325 identical items along with a placement fee by the second week of May  (discounted rate available for smaller, indie & nonprofit businesses)
  2. VVC fills and distributes our attendee bags
  3. Our happy attendees become ecstatic attendees and find new brands or discover old favorites to share. Thank you!


Looking for a bit more from Vida Vegan Con? We’ve still got a few of our most asked-about packages left:

  • Single Booth + SWAG Bag Placement OR Half-Page Ad + SWAG Bag Placement (upgrades your company to Snow Pea Sponsor Level)
  • Double Booth + SWAG Bag Placement (almost sold out!) OR Full-Page Program Ad + SWAG Bag Placement (upgrades your company to Snow Pea Sponsor Level)
  • Single Booth + 1 Corporate Conference Weekend Attendance
  • Rotating SWAG Bag Table at Marchesa Hall, Day 1 @ our Vegan Bazaar
  • Grab-and-Go Table at AT&T Executive Center, Days 2 and 3

Here’s closer look at the history of the SWAG Bag of Wonder, thanks to our amazing past attendees:

HERE BE MAGIC!” – Hannah, Wayfaring Chocolate

via Laziest Vegans

It’s a life-changing experience that every Vegan should get to have. Great classes, great events, great food and most importantly, great people. Thank you once again to Jess, Janessa and Michele for hitting it out of the park and making the Vegan community proud. Let’s do it again!” —John McDevitt, Laziest Vegans

Image source: Vegan Princess in an Omni Kingdon

“….[It’s] three days of seeing and meeting amazing people, eating fabulous food, and attending informative seminars. Also? The swag bag? Incredible.” – Kristina Sloggett, Spabettie

Home of VVC2011’s goodies, image source: Spabettie

“The bag of “swag” I received was an entire grocery bag full of goodies, I swear the thing weighed like 20 pounds… When you take a look at what was in it, you may not believe it was all actually in one bag.” – Veronica Grace, The Lowfat Vegan Chef

Image source: Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen

Holy shmokes, lots of stuff!!” – Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen

Image source: The Gluten Free Vegan

packing swag bags vida vegan con

Here’s a scene from the first Vida Vegan Con in 2011:

Email us at for more info or to reserve your spot ASAP. Deadline is May 1.  Thank you!

Deep in the heart of Texas! {Texas Vegfest + Austin Vegan Excitement}

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Vida Vegan Con is heading to Texas a little early!

Two  of your friendly VVC co-founders, Janessa and myself (jess) will be in town in just a few days for a bunch of meetings, requisite breakfast tacos and to represent our upcoming vegan weekend at the one-and-only Texas Vegfest. We’re coming for ya, Austin!

Vida Vegan tables @ Texas VegFest!
Saturday April 4th, 2015
Fiesta Gardens ­ Austin, TX
11am – 6pm



Texas VegFest is a free public education event that celebrates the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of a plant­based diet.  More details here

Come stop by our Texas VegFest booth!

The two of us (Michele’s gonna be holding down the fort in Portland) will be tabling and selling tickets to Vida Vegan Con’s opening day Vegan Bazaar on Friday, May 29th with a very special ticket deal. This brand-new Vegan Bazaar is a whole new element we’re packing into Vida Vegan Con weekend, where we open our doors to the public…during the day!

Every conference, we hear from folks outside of Con-land who want to meet our exciting exhibitors, attendees who wanted to bring their friends and family by for a visit, and from more & more vendors of all sizes who wanted to get involved. This way, we can fit everybody in! Plus, who could pass on a full day of even more vegan samples and food trucks parked right outside?!

OF COURSE, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees (and speakers) are already on the door list and receive an exclusive first hour from 12pm-1pm. Want to grab your own ticket and see what’s in store? Head right here.

So if you’ll be in Austin on April 4th, do stop by our table and say “hi!”, grab your own tickets to the Vegan Bazaar (no pesky online fees! two ticket deal!), learn more about what’s going on all weekend long, check out our classic VVC merch 😺, sign up to volunteer, and learn just why we decided to bring  all things VVC weekend to Austin, TX (Hint: look around VegFest!!) 

 If you’d like to get involved with Vida Vegan Con + our opening day Vegan Bazaar, stop by our booth and/or send us an email

Now that we’ve got the details out there, it’s time to pack. We’ve pricelined. We’ve unearthed our suitcases. We’re thinking about tacos. Our stomachs are seriously beginning to growl. 

With that, we’d like to share a few things on our upcoming Austin to-do (er, to-eat) lists:

First up, a big must, The Vegan Nom taco truck in North Austin:


Janessa can’t wait to get her hands on their Del Rey taco! This vegan take on the classic fish taco has (gluten-free!) mock fish, cilantro crema, cabbage slaw and avocado.  I’m estimating about four exclamation points’ worth of anticipation from the level of excitement she stated.

via @janessapk on Instagram

And dang, we can always get down with some of their breakfast tacos. Pure glory:

Breakfast taco duo, Vegan Nom

Fufu! You know, the “ancient african dish [that] is a thick paste usually made by boiling starchy root vegetables”.

It’s clearly fun to say and even more wonderful to eat, especially when it’s alongside a savoury feast from Wasota African Cuisine’s food truck:

West African spread, Wasota

Bonus: It’s even better while enjoying the company of Marie & Dan of Red Hot Vegans. You signed up for their VVC Scavenger Hunt, right?!

Wasota African Cuisine
Wasota African Cuisine

For the record, this truck was gearing up to relocate when we last visited, so make sure verify the current address.

Apple spice whisky, Buzzmill Coffee

Booze wise, it was rather chilly while we were in town this past February, so I held out on a margarita in favor of sipping house-infused whiskey outside the firepit at Buzzmill with Michele, Smurfy & Joanna. Therefore, I would really appreciate a gorgeous margarita in my life next week (forecasts of thunderstorms, be darned).

Some fabulous fresh fruit margarita, Vivo
Some fabulous fresh fruit margarita, Vivo

And fine, throw in a puffy taco plate, especially if we pop into our Friday Bazaar venue just next door from Vivo, The Marchesa.

The more you know…both Buzzmill and Golden Spike, where we’re holding Thursday night’s open VVC weekend Meet & Greet, have promised to offer both vegan food and drink specials during the ‘Con. Thanks, folks!

Wondering just what else is Team VVC excited about?

Image source: Austinite Tips

Brass Ovaries. I haven’t been there but I’m so curious about it. Pole dancing!”Michele

Another super new must, Rabbit Food Grocery!

Stock up!
Stock up!
Taco Alley, Whole Foods Downtown ATX Image source: Yelp

We  just dig Whole Foods’ downtown taco bar so much. There’s a taco computer, for crying out loud!

Did you know that Whole Foods is from Austin?! So you know it’s gonna be good.

For those dry, sunny days, I am stoked to get back on a bike around town. Grabbing one of these convenient rides from short-term rental provider B-Cycle was a big highlight of our last trip:

Austin B-Cycles
Austin B-Cycles

Did we mention breakfast tacos? We’re all downright obsessive about these shoestring potato breakfast babies from Cherrywood Coffeehouse:

Breakfast Tacos, Cherrywood Coffeehouse.
Breakfast Tacos, Cherrywood Coffeehouse.

While she’s not joining us until VVC itself, here’s what my wife has to say about who she wants to see in Austin: “All the dogs and kids I know from Instagram in Texas!” You heard it here, folks (and by that I mean, Smurfy and Milo).

And of course, we’re all stoked to see this lady:

Kristen Davenport!

…because let’s be real, you’ve surely seen Capital City Bakery’s Instagram account, and she had no issues with me eating cheesecake for breakfast.

Cheesecake at Capital City Bakery
Cherry cheese, Capital City Bakery

And to balance things out, a smashing sale on organic kale at Central Market:

H-E-B’S fancypants sibling market

Rio Rita’s. So cute, I’m charmed, let’s go:

On the eastside
“Mild mannered coffee shop by day, swanky lounge by night.”

One more for the road, which was actually our very first stop in town back in February: Arlo’s!

I know, I know, we'll go for the bacun cheeseburgers next time.
I know, I know, we’ll go for the bacun cheeseburgers next time.

Arlo’s vegan food truck is parked right outside Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River street, where our Sunday night VVC + Scavenger Hunt After Party will be held. What we’re saying is this: VVC ATX = Vegan Vacation time.

Cheer Up Charlie's bar
Cheer Up Charlie’s bar

More to come! We’re compiling our very favorite eats along with picks from the Red Hot Vegans, Lazy Smurf & everyone else we talk with, for a very special Vida Vegan Con Takes Austin Must Eats of citywide dining recommendations. Stay tuned!

For now, see you at TexasVegFest!!!

 Want info on all things Vida Vegan Con weekend? Head this way.

Vida Vegan Bazaar poster

New Vida Vegan Con artwork by Josh Hooten, Herbivore Clothing.

Vida Vegan Con News Day!

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DEEP BREATH, FOLKS: The Vida Vegan Con III Agenda is LIIIIIVE!

Click right this way to see what seriously unique-to-VVC presentations our 2015 speakers have in store.Gosh, thanks for letting us have this Maya-as-Oprah birthday moment.

Untitled presentationNEXT UP, the big unveiling of our brand-spanking new Vegan Bazaar poster: 

Vida Vegan Bazaar poster

In further proof that Portland vegans are officially sweet on Austin, thanks to the amazing Josh Hooten of Herbivore Clothing for designing our lovely new poster for Friday’s debut + public Vegan Bazaar! It’s moments like this you just may find yourself hugging your tablet, or smartphone, or semi-functioning laptop, what have you.

Everyone is invited to join us on Friday! Come check out the Earth Balance photo booth and spend some time (& sample some eats!) from: Capital City Bakery, The Vegan NomCool BeansHerbivore Clothing, Chicago Vegan FoodsWe Eat FoodsStrongest Hearts, Sweet Ritual Ice Cream, Treeline Cheese, Golden Spike Rail CartV ApparelBeanfields Snacks, Vegan Cuts, Red Hot VegansCompassion Co, Fair Winds Press, Driftwood magazine, Kick Butt Boots, Friends of AnimalsNatural VitalityPrimarily Primates Sanctuary, Vida Green Consulting,Texas  VegFest, Silverleaf Resorts & so many more to come!

Email us today to reserve your own vendor table — discounted rates are available! Remember, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees and speakers get an exclusive first hour access at noon.

We can’t say goodbye just yet…


Whether you’re based in the area or making a bit of a vegan vacation out of your VVCIII plans (Yessssssss), we invite you all to join us for a casual meet & greet from 3pm-6pm at Buzzmill Coffee. This rad coffee shop may be cozy inside, but has a huge outdoor patio with a fire pit and a vegan food cart, Golden Spike Rail Cart. Both Buzzmill and Golden Spike have promised to offer VVC food and drink specials for everybody, so get excited! Plus, we’re easily big fans of a coffee shop that offers coffee, tea and an intriguing assortment of house-infused liquor. 


More fun times ahead! Our friends  Marie and Dan, aka “The Red Hot Vegans“, have put together the brand new Vida Vegan Con Scavenger Hunt! Head this way for more info.


That’s right, there are even more classes and panels coming as we super duper finalize the schedule and coordinate with all those fab, hand-selected speakers, so stay tuned for that, and more surprises for both Vida Vegan Con and our opening day Vegan Bazaar.


❤ Janessa, Jess & Michele

Co-Founders, Vida Vegan Con

Let’s get you to Vida Vegan Con 2015!

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It’s been two long years since VVC2013 and we’re beyond excited to see you all in Austin! Let make this happen.

Sweet Ritual
Sweet Ritual

Step 1:

First things first…Vida Vegan Con is open to all vegan content creators, bloggers, authors, chefs, entrepreneurs, activists community leaders, creative professionals, business owners, enthusiasts and their moms…and best friends…and partners…and pictures of their cats. And so on. Super curious? Read our F.A.Q. for more info, peruse this amazing speaker lineup, and then come join us!

Got your ticket?

Pondering just a taste of VVC with Friday’s Bazaar?

Applied for one of two VVC scholarships?

Wanna volunteer at the Bazaar (and maaaaybe help out during the weekend?)

It’s on!

Step 2:

So, how are you getting to Austin?? Epic vegan road trip? Savvy flier? Got those headphones ready for the bus or train? Walking down the street? Whether you’ve decided just how you’re arriving for the festivities or are still contemplating the possibilities of nooch-powered teleportation, here’s a bunch of info on Getting To & Around Austin, TX.

Step 3:

Okay, where do you want to stay? WITH US?!? We’ve seriously got a few select few rooms remaining for the on-site* room block right at AT&T Executive Education & Center. Here’s your info to snag a room.

Now, your friendly organizers at VVC Headquarters are no stranger to hostels, AirBnB, crashing on friend’s couches and digging around Priceline and the like ( with occasional bouts of Jess becoming darkly Name-Your-Own-Price obsessive).

Rest assure, we’ve got a large list of hotels, hostels, bike and car rentals over here: VVC2015: Where to Stay.

More, More, More:

In conclusion (for now!!), our Vida Vegan Con 2015 Travel Info include super pertinent info on:

Getting To & Around Austin ⭐ Where to Stay ⭐Vida Vegan Con Takes Austin  Map 
 Bonus: Austin Vegan Eats Google Map ⭐ & Our Official 2015 Venues
$2.50 USD = direct bus to or fro the Austin airport
$2.50 USD = direct bus to or fro downtown and the Austin airport

No need to go clicking too far, here’s everywhere Vida Vegan Con III + The Vegan Bazaar are happening (with more to come!)

*Please realize that our on-site room block is where Saturday and Sunday conference happenings take place. Friday’s Bazaar is being held at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. You are responsible for transportation between all venues as needed. The above map includes driving, bike and public transit directions between the two (plus, practically any & everywhere you’ll want to eat).

VVC Scholarship Applications + Speaker Series #5: Michelle Lee, Creative Professional

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Happy Tuesday, vegan-land! We’re bringing you two conference news updates today: the opening of two scholarship Michelle Lee VVC speakersspots (one international! one domestic!) for our conference this May, and the latest 2015 speaker interview. The Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series continues with another special Canadian vegan, the charming Michelle Lee of Broadview Design and Vegan Prom Vancouver.

As a creative professional based out of Vancouver, B.C. and two-time Vida Vegan Con attendee (not to mention cat and vegan food enthusiast), she knows exactly what our third conference lineup needs. Michelle is presenting on “Branding for Bloggers“, which will tackle design, branding, logos, typography, consistency and pretty much any and everything both independent creative professionals and bloggers alike should really sorta kinda, well, definitely know.

Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series: 

Michelle Lee, Creative Professional

This interview was recorded on Saturday, March 7, 2015 Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and Vancouver, B.C. 

Heads up: For whatever reason, this video does have a few technical difficulties – our apologies! It remains swell and insightful.

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 Michele at Vida Vegan Con May 29-31st in Austin, TX! You can follow her on Instagram & Twitter as @food.n.catz

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!

Vegan Speaker Series #4: Jill Pyle, Vegan Cuts

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Jill Pyle VVC speakers

Hello, hello! Goodness, we’re enjoying quite the sunny spell and early Spring weather here in Portland — so much so that iced coffee + coconut creamer made an appearance during our latest Vida Vegan Con Speaker Series this past Sunday! Vida Vegan Con’s Michele and Jess were joined by two-time Vida Vegan Con attendee and exhibitor: Jill Pyle of Vegan Cuts.

As the co-founder of Vegan Cuts, Jill is clearly one of the sharpest vegan entrepeneurs and brand makers around these days. Vegan Cuts, baby: you know ’em, you love ’em, and you just can’t wait to open their monthly vegan subscription boxes!

Join us as we catch up with Jill, and hear her latest thoughts on vegan travel, smoothies, exploring ExpoWest, what’s in store for her presentation on “Internet Entrepreneurship” this May at Vida Vegan Con, and if we can wrangle a top-secret sneak peek or two into Vegan Cuts’ upcoming box themes. Dum dum dum!

Vida Vegan Speaker Series: Jill Pyle, Vegan Cuts

The following interview was recorded on Sunday, March 1, 2015 Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and Ottowa, Canada.

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 soon, to help Jill customize her class just for you.

Learn from Jill at Vida Vegan Con May 29-31st 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 available here. See you in May!

Meet the Moderators + Panels for May 29th’s Vida Vegan Bazaar

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With one big weekend and two separate official venues going on May 29-31st, we’re packing in vegan goodness whenever and wherever we can for Vida Vegan Con III. The Vegan Bazaar is this crazy, new thing for us…which obviously makes it a natural fit into the action-packed weekend, offering a (super-duper + low-cost!) taste of Vida Vegan Con for anyone & everyone interested in what the VVC family and conference is all about. Bringing family? Friends? Living in Texas and can’t get enough of vegan events? Come on down!

The Marchesa Theatre: Yeah, we’re gonna pack this place with vegan greatness. (One of many rooms we’re using there)

Our debut Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre is bringing together hundreds of vegan-loving folks*, vendors, samples, food trucks, cocktails, live demos, games, heaps of vegan food, surprises and a dose of the lively, contemporary panels you’ve come to expect from Vida Vegan Con. With that, there are two incredible panels currently scheduled for Friday’s Vegan Bazaar  with just as fabulous moderators from our VVC family. Oh, yes. We’re talking our dear pals Joanna Vaught and Stephanie Bogdanich, aka the  Lazy Smurf.

*Remember: All full conference attendees and speakers are already on the door list & get an exclusive first hour. Yeah!

We caught up with these two rad ladies in Austin just last month to take in some firepit time, food truck eats and house-

Stephanie "Smurfy" Bogdanich + Joanna Vaught
Stephanie “Smurfy” Bogdanich + Joanna Vaught

infused whisky outside Buzzmill Coffee to talk all things Vida Vegan Con + Vegan Bazaar, their panel plans, the latest Austin must-eats, and most importantly, witness this mesmerizingly adorable hug:

About those Vegan Bazaar Panels…

Joanna Vaught’s Vegan Family + Parenting Panel

Joanna Vaught is a two-time Vida Vegan Con speaker, savvy mother, modern professional , pioneer blogger and author of the cult-favorite Yellow Rose RecipesYellow Rose Greatest Hits, and series of potluck-themed cookzines. This passionate panel will include her own experiences in all things vegan-influenced family life and live Q & A with scheduled panelists Brian Patton, aka “The Sexy Vegan“, Sayward Rebhal of Bonzai Aphrodite, Monique Koch of Brown Vegan and Bryant Terry and of course, audience participation.

Lazy Smurf presents: “How We Made Austin Awesome” aka The Austin Community Panel

It’s no secret that much of Vida Vegan Con’s love (and move to!) of Austin, TX is largely thanks to the one and only Vegan Lazy Smurf, aka Stephanie Bogdanich. Her blog, “The Lazy Smurf’s Guide“, offers a prolific, impressively updated and informed look  at all things VEGAN and AUSTIN, in addition to travel reviews and thoughts on things besides breakfast tacos from time to time. Observing and eating our way through Austin in recent years (often with Smurfy herself), your friendly VVC organizers found holding our third conference here as irresistible as two taco-themed meals per day can be.

This panel will tackle the question, “How did they make Austin so awesome?” with real life inspiration and insight from these legit ATXVEGAN-All StarsJessica Morris of Rabbit Food Grocery, Kristen Davenport of Capital City Bakery, Molly Frisinger of Texas VegFest, and just perhaps, a surprise guest or two. Come pick their brains and get your city on the vegan map!

Thinking about taking a trip to Austin? Lazy Smurf’s Austin Guide is a must read!

Please note that things happen and all appearances are subject to change.

Coming up next: 

Breakfast Tacos, Cherrywood Coffeehouse. There's always room for more tacos.
Breakfast Tacos, Cherrywood Coffeehouse. There’s always room for more tacos.

Special interviews with all our Austin Community panelists!

The official Vida Vegan Con III agenda!


The Meet & Greet!


Vida Vegan Con III approaches! Get your ticket to the entire weekend here.

Vegan Bazaar tickets over this way.