VVC 2013: Getting to the Portland Art Museum

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Let’s get you to Vida Vegan Con!

Our event takes place at the Portland Art Museum for the first time this May, and our Getting to Portland page has all the information and tips you need on flying, driving, taking the train, and busing from out-of-town, as well as local transportation and bike rental ideas.  If you’re planning on taking the BoltBus from Seattle, Bellingham or Vancouver, B.C., do be on the look-out, as their schedule is posted 4-6 weeks in advance and tickets go quite quickly these days (and it *is* shockingly possibly to snag a $1 ticket, as Jess here, can personally attest). This post will review the nitty-gritty of getting to the Museum & more, so please make sure to read carefully.

Here we go! Just a heads up: Classes take place in both the Admin building and the actual Museum, located next door to each other.
Here we go! Just a heads up: Classes take place in both the Admin building and the actual Museum, located next door to each other. There will be signs on how to quickly get to and from.

Immediate Area & Google Map

We’ve been putting together a brand-new Vida Vegan Con II Google Map so you can get a feel for the Portland area. It includes all official and unofficial conference happenings, as well as dining and lodging recommendations, and directions to and from several important locales. We highly suggest that you bookmark it if you’re a smart phone user. If you’d like to see something added, say the word and we’ll do our best to get it in.

The address of the Portland Art Museum is: 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

For more details, and to peruse the latest exhibits, visit the PAM website.

We’ve put all the official Vida Vegan Con II locations, including:
  • The Portland Art Museum
  • Staver Locomotive – the home of the Saturday night Galarama & Silent Auction, sponsored by So Delicious, which is included in conference registration (though tickets are available for family & friends!)
  • White Owl Social Club (home of our unofficial but official Thursday night Meet & Greet)
  • Numerous hotels, guesthouses, hostels and other lodging ideas, many of which are offering weekend discounts if you sign up for a room by the end of April
  • Peoples’ Coop
  • The Vegan Mini Mall at SE 12th & Stark (Herbivore Clothing, Sweetpea Baking Co., Scapegoat Tattoo and Food Fight! Grocery), the latter of which is home to the Friday night Pop-Up Sandwich & Queso Shop, hosted by Upton’s Naturals and Food for Lovers Queso
  • All our favorite must-go vegan eats & locations around town – feel free to email us or leave a comment if you’d like us to add something!
The Portland Art Museum
The Portland Art Museum

Getting to the Art Museum:

More on Public Transit 

All you need to know about using Trimet’s MAX lightrail, bus lines and the Portland Streetcar lines to get to the Portland Art Museum is on our Venue page.  For custom Trimet trips from anywhere in the Portland metro area, use the official (and easy!) Trimet Trip Planner.

The Portland Art Museum is centrally located on multiple bus lines, the recently expanded Portland Streetcar system, and a few blocks from the MAX lightrail. The closest lines are technically the streetcar and the #6 and #15 buses, but it’s also a quick walk from any bus  (which includes most lines) and the MAX that stops along the downtown bus mall.

Please note, there is no more Fareless Square. Tickets are now required for all buses and trains.
Metered street parking: read more below
Metered street parking: read more below

 About Parking

There is much metered street parking in the area (most spaces limited to 2 or 3 hours—and you can’t just keep feeding the meters; you have to move your car to another block or you will get a ticket), and many parking garages.

We’ve also investigated two nearby parking lots, which are across the street from each other from the conference, at SW Park and Main, and one block north. Be sure to investigate your options, as rate can vary. 

SW Main & SW Park
SW Main & SW 10th
SW Main & SW Park
SW Main & SW Park
SW Main & SW Park
These two carts are right across the street from each other on SW Main, from the corner of the Portland Art Museum

Stay tuned for a lodging round-up (plus, our favorite Portland vegan musts & local recs) soon – and check out our recommendations and various promotional discounts across town in the meantime. Remember, it’s a holiday weekend, so book those rooms!

Galarama seeks Vegan-Friendly Food Carts!

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If you’re a vegan-friendly food cart operator in the Portland area—or mobile and looking for an excuse to visit—we’d love to have you stop by our Saturday night Galarama + Silent Auction on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

We simply ask that you:

a) are a cart

b) make great vegan food

c) only serve vegan food at this event

d) show up with aforementioned great vegan food for a crowd!

More details:

The Vida Vegan Galarama is being held 7–930pm. All 300 Vida Vegan Con II attendees are invited (and their admission is included in the ticket price) and the event is open to the public. More information and General Admission tickets are available here (So exciting: VIP tickets have already sold out).

Please let us know your menu ideas, rates (or minimum), and if you’d rather charge individually or cater at a flat rate.

Gluten-free options are encouraged.

All participants will be featured on our website.

It’s that easy! Email us to get involved and to discuss promotions! Galarama.org [at] gmail.com

Anyone else pretending this cart is a) in Portland and b) vegan? Make it happen.
One more thing: Anyone else pretending this cart is a) in Portland and b) vegan? Let’s dream.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock: This Many Tickets Remain for Vida Vegan Con II…

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Vegan alert! Vegan alert!

As of this post, there are IS officially FOUR MAKE THAT THREE AND THEN THERE WERE TWOtickets ONE TICKET remaining to the second Vida Vegan Conference. The now three-day, action-packed vegan weekend of classes, workshops, community building, socializing, dancing, new product sampling, and vegan food and fun galore returns May 24-26, 2013, to the Portland Art Museum, and we hope to see you there!

So, review your budget, peruse the agenda, and run, run, and click as fast as you can to the Registration page. Don’t miss out as the “vegan love fest” returns!

Janessa displays our award, which quickly went onto the mantle above her sweet fireplace.
Janessa displays our award, which quickly went onto the mantle above her sweet fireplace.

Speaking of ticketsif you’re attending and have a plus-one hanging around the Portland area (I mean, this city is pretty dang amazing and offers an ever-growing list of coffee shops, tea spots, independent movie theaters, bookstores, cozy pinball bars, and creative, locally inspired restaurants to while away an afternoon in—and we’ll be posting some VVC favorites soon), do consider bringing them and any other local friends to the equally bigger & better Galarama on Saturday, May 25th.

This event, which is home to the Silent Auction for Chimp Sanctuary Northwest, will be held at Staver Locomotive in NW Portland and includes a very special host.

More details and ticket information are at Galarama.org

Please note that VIP tickets are now sold out, but there are plenty of general admission spots (and attendance is included for weekend registrants, of course).

If you’d like to donate a Silent Auction item, you can sign up here. Thank you!

Design the 2013 Vida Vegan Con T-Shirt!

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Update: We will be unveiling the winner soon!

Hey, You!
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!

Please include:

Vida Vegan Con II
Vida Vegan logo (see below) – or make a new one!

Consider including:

May 2013
May 24-26, 2013
Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon
Vegan Summer Camp
Vegan stuff!


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:

Vida Vegan Con Logo

VVC Badge

That’s it! For now….

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

It Is Here: The Conference Schedule

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Note: email sign-up is recommend for the following workshops: Photography, Podcasting, and Writers’ Block with Isa. Advance sign-up is also recommended for the Cooking Demos. We’ll have last-minute spots at the registration table, if available. We do not have sign-ups for other classes.

The final schedule for the first-ever vegan bloggers conference is here! This weekend event will feature classes, panel discussions, workshops, excursions, local vegan dining options, receptions, entertainment, and more.

This is our official schedule, which will also be printed in the attendee program/notebook everyone will receive a copy of. There is a Conference Center map inside the program. You can also check out our Vida Vegan Con google map, including all scheduled off-site events and our local vegan favorites.

If you have a smartphone, we recommend bookmarking this map, and utilizing Trimet’s public transit trip planner or a Trimet app such as PDX Bus.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

4:30–6:30 pm • Informal Meet & Greet
In town early? Already a Pacific Northwest dweller? Come join the early birds and natives for this casual get-together at Vendetta (4306 N Williams), located on the #44 and #4 bus lines. Check out the facebook event here. Weather permitting, we’ll be hanging out on the back patio, eating some SloppyJanes. Conference registration is not required—bring your significant others and traveling pals!

7 pm • Sneak Preview of Vegucated, a documentary
We’re pleased to present a sneak preview of the documentary Vegucated. For more information, check out their website. The film’s creator and director will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening at Curious Comedy Theater (5225 NE MLK). Here’s the facebook event. Please buy your tickets in advance. Conference registration is not required.

Friday, August 26

3:00–6:00 pm • Early Registration
Make sure to check in and pick up your stylin’ Vida Vegan badge, official materials (book, map, and whatnot), and Swag Bag of Wonder at the registration table before the start of tomorrow’s activities. (The registration table will be also be open Saturday morning.)

6:00–7:30 pm • VegNews Champagne & Cupcake Reception
Our opening reception, held in the Exhibitor/Columbia Ballroom. Have  a glass of bubbly (or mocktail) or two, try some cupcakes, hazelnut-based cheese and crackers from Heidi Ho Organics, say hi to our exhibitors, pick out your favorite Panda with Cookie creation, and make some new friends. Courtesy ofVegNews.

8:15pm… Late-Night Wander
You won’t forgive yourself if you come to Portland and don’t explore the city at night! Grab your map or join a group of us for a cart or bar crawl. A MAX line just so happens to journey from the PSU campus to a 24-hour doughnut shop with vegan yeasted and cake doughnuts, not to mention the new UniCart.

Psst, guess what our Golden Beet Sponsor is bringing for an after-lunch treat? Oh, yes.

Saturday, August 27

8:00–9:50 am · Registration & Breakfast in the Ballroom
Today’s breakfast is sponsored by Earth Balance
biscuits & gravy · pancakes (GF) · fresh fruit · roasted potatoes · tofu scramble (based on Jam on Hawthorne’s) · bagels & Earth Balance spreads · raw chia parfait · fruit cobbler · Earth Balance & So Delicious nondairy beverages

9:159:50 am · Welcome Address from Vida Vegan Founders and Special Speaker Laura Beck

10:00–11:15 am
Astoria: Build-a-Blog
Amey Mathews, Sherri Montgomery, Bianca Phillips
From techie skills and design to gaining a loyal fan base, this panel will cover the basics of how to create a blog and make it successful.

Coos Bay: Photography Workshop
Hannah Kaminsky, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Susan Voisin
Learn how to create mouthwatering images to make your blog irresistible! Fancy equipment is not required, just a digital camera (a DSLR is recommended, but point-and-shoot models are fine).  With this hands-on workshop, you’ll get tips and tricks from the masterminds behind some of the most visually appealing vegan blogs on the Web. Styling, lighting, and finding the perfect composition will be among the many topics covered.
Advance sign-up is recommended. Email VidaVeganConference@gmail.com.

Willamette Falls: Travel Panel
Laura Beck, Webly Bowles, Samantha Cohen, Jason Das, Carolyn Scott-Hamilton; moderator: Colleen Holland
You won’t want to miss this panel discussion on how thrilling (and delicious) vegan travel has become. Learn tips and tricks from the travel pros on getting the most out of your destinations—along with their best-kept secrets of must-try restaurants, where to stay, and cities they never expected to be vegan-friendly. Our all-star bloggers will also dish on their strategies for reviewing restaurants (anonymous or wide open?), their most popular posts ever, and what websites and blogs they use to build their own trips.

11:20 am12:15 pm
Astoria: Nutrition Panel
Wendy Gabbe Day, Bryanna Clark Grogan, Gena Hamshaw, Ginny Messina; moderator: Grant Butler
“Where do you get your protein?” That’s only the beginning of the confusion surrounding vegan nutrition. Find out which superfoods are superfriends in a vegan diet, what sort of supplements should be on your shopping list, and learn to read nutrition labels like a skilled dietitian. Plus, learn how to answer pesky questions from those convinced that not eating meat will leave you weak and anemic, and how to share the encouraging news about how a plant-based diet fights chronic illnesses like cancer and diabetes. We’ll also share some delicious ideas to help you break out of any vegan cooking rut.

Coos Bay: Young & Vegan
Hannah Kaminsky, Kelly Peloza, Sunny Subramanian
Growing up vegan can be tough, especially when the rest of your family can’t appreciate your herbivorous ways—or worse, try to sabotage your efforts!  Have you ever wondered how under-age vegans get through that awkward stage of adolescence while maintaining a compassionate lifestyle?  Hear the trials and tribulations of fellow younger veggies, and compare notes on how to survive without a drivers license, money for groceries, or your parents’ approval.

Willamette Falls: Podcasting Workshop
Webly Bowles, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Erika Larson, Jordan Pattern, Jasmin Singer
In this interactive workshop, learn from expert vegan and animal rights podcasters about everything from the skills and tools needed for producing your show, to finding and managing content, to providing an engaging voice for your listeners, and much more. At this behind-the-scenes look at some of your favorite podcasts, be sure to bring your creativity and your questions.
Advance sign-up is recommended. Email VidaVeganConference@gmail.com.

NOTE: This is off-site. The street car picks up outside the conference center.
11:45 am–1:00 pm · Whole Foods Salud Cooking Studio (upstairs in the Mezz, 1210 NW Couch): Dark Chocolate Bliss
Fran Costigan
Chocolate is the world’s favorite flavor, but to make luscious chocolate desserts, you’ve got to follow some simple foundational rules. Fran shows you how to choose, use, and quick-temper premium-quality, high-percentage vegan chocolates for foolproof, make-ahead, unapologetically delicious desserts that everyone will love.
What’s cookin’? The Chocolate Cake to Live For · Gold-dusted Bittersweet & Ginger Truffles · Cocoa Syrup-based Tonic · Working with Chocolate Transfer Sheets
Advance sign-up is recommended. Email VidaVeganConference@gmail.com

12:20–1:20 pm
Astoria: The Accidental Journalist
Gabrielle Pope, Dawn Quinn, Michele Truty
Blogging just might be the new journalism. So you didn’t major in Communications—that doesn’t mean you’re not a journalist now. Get tips from three ladies with diverse publishing backgrounds about everything from grammar and style (the rules and how to break them), to developing your voice and the identity of your blog, to your legal responsibilities as an independent publisher. We’ll also talk about how to venture out and approach other outlets with query letters. Bring your questions!

Columbia Falls Ballroom: Vegan Battle Royale
Kittee Berns, Mo Martin, Amey Mathews
A game show based on trivia, dares, and your ultimate knowledge of blogs. Two teams enter, but only one will be crowned the ultimate survivor.

Willamette Falls: Group & Community Blogging
Laura Beck, Samantha Cohen, Jason Das, Meave Gallagher, Anika Lehde; moderator: Elizabeth Castoria
No blogger is an island, and community bloggers know the power of working together. Managing contributors, finding excellent new voices to bring to your blog, or coming up with creative features that gain instant popularity, running a community blog is a big job. Turning to the best and brightest minds who consistently knock out engaging, amusing, and informative content, we’ll explore what works when a blog features multiple voices, what doesn’t, and where the future of community blogging is headed.

1:30–2:30 pm · Lunch in the Ballroom: Northwest Picnic
Barbecue tempeh · Gardein tenders · roasted summer vegetables · raw beet salad · pesto potato salad w/Earth Balance Mindful Mayo · raw hummus · orzo salad · kale salad · crudite · flavored Earth Balance spreads

NOTE: This is off-site. The street car picks up outside the conference center.
3:00–4:00 · Whole Foods Salud Cooking Studio (upstairs in the Mezz, 1210 NW Couch): Easy Hotel Room Cooking to Eat Healthily While Traveling
Carolyn Scott-Hamilton
Tips and tricks on how to cook and prep simple food in your hotel room so that you can eat healthy vegan and other special diet foods anywhere in the world.
What’s cookin’? Coffee Pot Miso Soup · Peanut Butter, Banana and Cinnamon Raisin Pinwheels · Cucumber and Avocado Tartines
Advance sign-up is recommended. Email VidaVeganConference@gmail.com.

2:35–3:35 pm
Astoria: Small Town, Represent!
Lauren Christianson, John McDevitt, Ryan Patey, Bianca Phillips; moderator: Elizabeth Castoria
Sure they’re small, but all those little towns and villages probably cover more space than the biggest cities around. So, if you travel outside of your safe vegan bubble, or if you’re looking to turn your small town into its own veg haven, you have to be crafty. With a few tricks of our own, and one too many french fry dinners on road trips, we’re hoping to help you on your way to finding hidden gems and building a vegan community wherever you go.

Coos Bay: Positive Blogging
Gena Hamshaw, Janessa Philemon-Kerp, Leigh-Chantelle Koch, Christa Shelton
Four experienced bloggers share with you their combined expertise. Explore the essence of positivity for each blogger, their own blogging and writing styles, and how to express positivity in a direct and focused way that is not always synonymous with sweet. They explain how they each send a positive message to shine beyond the cynicism, negativity, and judgemental bloggersphere.

Willamette Falls: Parenting Panel
Ben Grossblatt, Sarah Matheny, Sayward Rebhal, Joanna Vaught; moderator: Michelle Schwegmann
Navigating parenthood is a tough job. Navigating vegan parenthood is no tougher—just a bit different. Bring your questions and curiosities the this panel of vegan parents who write, blog, work and yes, parent real vegan children! Typical questions and concerns will be covered with plenty of time for personal attention to the needs of panel attendees. Vegan kids rock!

3:40–4:45 pm
Astoria: Dating & Mating Panel
Lidiana C., Samantha Cohen, Jason Das,  Janessa Philemon-Kerp, Alanna Maeve; moderator: Grant Butler
So many things to consider when choosing a mate: looks, intelligence, personality, morals, values, and life goals. How important is choosing a partner who eats the same way you do? Is it about health? Morals? Ethics? And what do you do if your like-minded significant other suddenly decides they want to eat another way? Is it a relationship-breaker? The Dating & Mating panel will discuss the joys and hardships of dating as a vegan.

Willamette Falls: Planting Seeds of Compassion: Communication as Activism
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
In this inspiring talk, Colleen offers tips and tactics for being the best and most effective advocates and explains why we need to be Ambassadors of Compassion, as well as why we need to take back the word “meat.”

6:30–9:30 pm
The Vida Vegan Galarama and Silent Auction for Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary
Vida Vegan gets its fancy on. Join us at Ambridge Event Center (located on the #6 bus line at 1333 NE MLK) for a night of food, drink, music, and a Silent Auction. Pull out your shiny shoes, untangle those bangles, and iron that ascot—do it for the animals. All funds from the Silent Auction and a portion of tickets sold will be going straight to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. We’re humbled by the donated items to be auctioned off and predict some pretty decent bidding! As a Vida Vegan Con registrant, your admission to the Galarama is included. If you’ve got companions here in Portland with you, fret not! We’re opening this party up to the public. Tickets can be purchased here.

9:45 pm… More Late-Night Wandering
Yes, we’ll be heading out on the town again. It’s either that or a pillowfight in the dorms.

Sunday, August 28

8:30–9:35 am · Breakfast in the Ballroom
Today’s breakfast is sponsored by So Delicious
biscuits & gravy · pancakes (GF) · fresh fruit · roasted potatoes · tofu scramble (based on Jam on Hawthorne’s) · bagels & Earth Balance spreads · raw chia parfait · fruit cobbler · Earth Balance & So Delicious nondairy beverages

9:40–10:55 am
Astoria: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: The Marketing Panel
Fran Costigan, Kyle Domer, Anika Lehde, Stephanie Redcross; moderator: Jess Scone
A spirited discussion on the practicality, success, and ethics of various marketing practices in the vegan blog world, from the smooth to the cringe-worthy. Our panelists have expertise on branding, product reviews, publishing, social media, business development, and more.

Coos Bay: Budgeting & Meal Planning
Lidiana C., Mo Martin
Eating a plant-based diet full of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and nuts can be affordable with some simple budgeting and meal planning. Join us as we discuss maximizing your budget and optimizing your nutrition while minimizing your time in the kitchen and reducing your waste.

Willamette Falls: Activism Panel
Leigh-Chantelle Koch, Chelsea Lincoln, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Ryan Patey, Sunny Subramanian; moderator: Jasmin Singer
Learn from a panel of AR activists from all walks of life what it takes to create a successful campaign, manage the power of the Internet effectively as a means of creating change, and how anyone with any background can step up their game–using the skills they already have to create a world of difference for animals.

NOTE: This is off-site. The street car picks up outside the conference center.
10:00–11:30 am · Whole Foods Salud Cooking Studio (upstairs in the Mezz, 1210 NW Couch): Backyard BBQ with an Indian Twist
Joni Marie Newman, Kelly Peloza
Kelly and Joni are taking basic backyard BBQ fare like burgers, coleslaw and cupcakes to the next level with an Indian twist. They will demonstrate how the exotic spices of the far east can make a big impact on the flavors in your traditional favorites. Turning boring burgers into kofta, plain old coleslaw into a creamy curry concoction with cashews and currants, and combining the classic flavor of lemonade with rosewater for some out of this world cupcakes.
What’s cookin’? Kofta Kabobs with Tangy Tahini Dipping Sauce · Creamy Curry Coleslaw with Cashews & Currants · Rosewater Lemonade Cupcakes
Advance sign-up is recommended. Email VidaVeganConference@gmail.com.

11:00–11:45 am
Astoria: Writer’s Block (This class will run until 12:35.)
Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Bring your pens, your paper, and your courage, it’s time to get down and dirty…it’s time to get writing! This hands-on workshop focuses on getting over writer’s block, and transforming your thoughts into written words. Using food as our focus, we’ll perform several writing exercises to compose fully realized pieces of writing. To attend this workshop, you’ll have to be open to sharing what you write out loud, discussing the rest of the group’s written pieces, and listening to feedback about your own pieces. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and hopefully you’ll gain insight and skills that last you a lifetime.
Advance sign-up is recommended. Email VidaVeganConference@gmail.com.

Willamette Falls: Extreme Food Writing Makeover
Dynise Balcavage
Do you love to blog and cook, but hate to write? Are your culinary descriptions as wilted as last week’s beet greens? Eating requires no special skills. But culinary blogging requires a genuine passion for food and the ability to make readers “taste” your creations using words alone—and as few of them as possible. The Urban Vegan will help both newbie and veteran food bloggers pare down their writing and “tofu up” the descriptiveness of their posts. She’ll also help bloggers infuse their blogs with personality and find their own voices as foodwriters.

11:50 am–12:35 pm
Astoria: Product Reviews and Ethics
Kyle Domer, MeShell Gudz, John McDevitt, Bianca Phillips
From freebie products to dining out, learn the dos and don’ts of reviewing vegan products and restaurants.

Willamette Falls: Story-making and Food Blogging (There’s a DRAGON in my tempeh taco…)
Terry Hope Romero
A longtime nerd tells her tales of entering the blog universe backward, figuring it out along the way, and finding the story within. Terry believes that engaging food blogging should tell a story, and as a longtime gamer Terry will share her outlook on how playing role-playing games, traveling, and cooking in front of hundreds of total strangers have shaped how she tells her food stories online and in the printed world.

12:40–1:40 pm · Lunch in the Ballroom: Casa Bonita
tortillas/greens · raw walnut meat (GF, SF) · spicy Soy Curls · Upton’s Naturals chorizo · Spanish rice · Daiya pepperjack · D.A.M. salsa · cauliflower hummus · a ton of fixin’s (GF, SF, raw)

NOTE: This is off-site. The street car picks up outside the conference center.
1:30–2:30 pm · Whole Foods Salud Cooking Studio (upstairs in the Mezz, 1210 NW Couch): Mastering the Art of Vegan Meringue
Hannah Kaminsky
For anyone who thought that the mere concept of an eggless meringue was an impossible dream, you may not believe your eyes—but you will have to believe your taste buds! Get the inside information on how to create any flavor of meringue your sweet tooth desires, as well as how to convert that basic recipe to pie toppings, pavlovas, and more.
What’s cookin’? Lemon meringue pie & meringue “kisses” cookies
Advance sign-up is recommended. Email VidaVeganConference@gmail.com.

1:45–3:00 pm
Astoria: Vegan Fashion
Leigh-Chantelle Koch, Anika Lehde, Janessa Philemon-Kerp
Don’t let the wool be pulled over your eyes; learn how to shop smartly and wear creatively. Explore what it means to shop (and blog!) as a vegan and how to utilize fashion as activism. These ladies will dish on our favorite stores, their favorite brands, and how to use what you wear to make a statement, in real life and in your blog.

Willamette Falls: Publishing Panel
Bryanna Clark Grogan, Julie Hasson, Joni Marie Newman, Ryan Patey; moderator: Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Got the itch to expand from that blog? How do you do it? Do you need an agent or just an amazing proposal? Do you need an established house or should you be your own publisher? Print or electronic? This panel of pros will share their experiences to help make you more confident with whatever path you choose.

3:15–4:20 pm
Astoria: Specialty Diets
Kittee Berns, Fran Costigan, Gena Hamshaw, Susan Voisin
Gluten-free, soy-free, fat-free, raw…there are as many nuances to the vegan diet as any other. In this class, we share our special approaches to vegan living. Learn why and how these lifestyle choices might be right for you, how to navigate them healthfully, and how to modify some of your favorite dishes in new and exciting ways. Complete with product recommendations and recipe ideas, this will be a fun and informative intro to some of today’s hottest eating styles.

Coos Bay: Reality, Identity & Blogging
Dynise Balcavage, Lidiana C., Lauren Christensen, Sarah Matheny, Jess Scone
In the age of instant reality TV and YouTube stardom, near-inescapable Facebook photo tagging, and Internet obsession, we discuss keeping our blogs authentic, boundaries, attention, and reality.

Willamette Falls: Your Blog Sucks: Opinionated Bloggers
Laura Beck, Ben Grossblatt, Jordan Pattern, Jasmin Singer
In the Internet age, where nearly everyone and their dog-walker has a blog, learn from some of the most passionate voices in the AR blogosphere what it takes to make yours one that people will read, and then come back to over and over again. In this panel, you will walk away with an understanding of the importance–and occasional consequences–of being heard loud and clear.

4:25–5:00 pm · Closing Address: Isa Chandra Moskowitz;
Thank You from the Vida Vegan Founders
If you haven’t already, swap your business cards or fill in your address book/fancy phone with all your new friends—you’ll have a lot of new blogs to catch up on once you get home!

7:00 pm… Optional Dine-Out
Still planning on being in town? Let us know when you check in at the registration table and we’ll save you a spot for our Sunday night dine-out…at a location to be determined. We’re open to suggestions!