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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!

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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!

Scholarships!

The Meet & Greet!

Tacos!

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

Vegan Bazaar tickets over this way.  

Vida Vegan Speaker Series #3: Whitney Lauritsen, Eco-Vegan Gal

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Whitney Lauritsen VVC speakers

Happy Monday! Vida Vegan Con’s week is off to an enthusiastic start after an inspiring edition of our new VVC Speaker Series yesterday with the ever-motivational Whitney Lauritsen of Eco-Vegan Gal.

This lovely lady is the founder and face of Eco-Vegan Gal, a leading resource and influential authority on all things online video and vegan lifestyle, which she launched in 2008.  Whitney is no stranger to VVC-land, having covered both conferences on her signature YouTube channel and attending in person in 2013,  and we’re delighted to have her join our 2015 speaker lineup!

Join Jess & Michele as Whitney discusses taking March’s Expo West by storm, what she’s digging in LA these days, various eco living tips and both the creativity and guidance she’s bringing to Vida Vegan Con this May with her “Kick Ass Vegan Videos Workshop”.

Vida Vegan Speaker Series: Whitney Lauritsen, Eco-Vegan Gal

The following interview was recorded on Sunday, February 22nd at Hatch Innovation in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, 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 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 this week, to help Whitney customize her class to your interests even more!

Look for Whitney at Vida Vegan Con May 29-31st, where she’ll be presenting her Youtube workshop on Sunday, surely taping her own video or two, and joining in on the fun at Friday’s (open to the public!) Vegan Bazaar.

Tickets to both events during this three-day super vegan weekend are available here. See you in May!

VVC Speaker Series: Interview with Monique Koch of Brown Vegan

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Monique Koch VVC speakersThis time yesterday, your friendly organizers at Vida Vegan HQ were joined by Monique Koch of Brown Vegan for a very special Google Hangout as part of our brand new VVC Speaker Series. As a first-time speaker, Vida Vegan Con has been on this vegan family, healthy cooking and lifestyle blogger’s radar for quite some time, and we’re stoked that she can join to share her journey and thoughts this May,

Check out the interview below to hear Monique’s passionate yet practical thoughts on helping your entire household go vegan with her self-described “down-to-earth approach to vegan life for families”, how A. Breeze Harper’s Sistah Vegan inspired who she is today, where she stands on tacos vs. burritos, and of course, her plans for class and panel involvement at the upcoming Vida Vegan Con.

 

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 Speaker Series. And for goodness sake, make sure you turn notifications off so you don’t get emailed every day.

Look for Monique at Vida Vegan Con May 29-31st, where she’ll be presenting on “Honesty in Your Online Presence” and joining our “Vegan Family Panel” at Friday’s (open to the public!) Vegan Bazaar.

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

The Vida Vegan Con 2015 Weekend Agenda is almost here!!!

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Oh, things are buzzing in the Vida Vegan Con world, with Michele and Jess arriving in Austin this very morning on some official conference business (and tacos). We’ve made glorious leaps and bounds with the conference schedule and all the not-so-last-minute adjustments, which is both pretty fun and pretty zany when you’re dealing with 25+ speakers and twice as many classes.

Here’s a look at what’s shakin’ right now:

FRIDAY, MAY 29TH:

The weekend starts off with the  Vida Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. We’re talking all things vegan expo, vendors, sampling, demos, and for the first time ever, it’s open to the public! Early bird tickets are now available for your family, friends, and anyone else who’d like to check out a big taste of Vida Vegan Con shenanigans. And OF COURSE, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees are already on the door list and are invited to come for a very exclusive hour before everyone else gets in The Marchesa’s doors.

On top of all the festival fun times and a certain Earth Balance photobooth, we’ll have speakers and special guests sharing their expertise with Lazy Smurf’s Austin Community Panel, Joanna Vaught moderating the Vegan Family Panel, DIY Homebrewing with Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk, and an irresistible demo from the “Queen of Vegan Desserts,” Fran Costigan. So, so, so much more to come!

The Vida Vegan Bazaar = Exclusive  to VVC attendees: 12–1 pm + Open to the public: 1–7 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 30TH:

The next day brings all our conference attendees to AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin’s University District for an action-packed day of only-at-Vida Vegan Con classes, presentations, workshops, panels, breakouts, discussion groups,  new-friend-making & mingling, galore—and surely epic Texas-size vegan breakfast and lunch buffets.

Saturday Conference hours, from breakfast through the last class: 8 am – 5 pm

We’ve currently scheduled the following Saturday content, which often means two, if not three or more classes in the same session, phew:

  • Cookbook Writing: From concept to proposal to testing to editing to print with Joni Marie Newman
  • Food Justice with Bryant Terry
  • Blogging Etiquette & Social Media Essentials with Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack
  • Science Is Awesome! Why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism with Matt Ruscigno MPH RD of True Love HealthStrongest Hearts
  • Zine Making Workshop with Amey Mathews of Vegan Eats & Treats
  • Design & Branding with Michelle Lee of Broadview Design
  • Legal Info for Online Content with Attorney Randi Milgram of Laughfrodisiac
  • Post Processing for Food Photography, or How to fix almost anything with software with Susan Voisin of Fatfree Vegan Kitchen
  • Preventing Ex-Vegans with Ginny Messina, “The Vegan RD
  • Food Styling Workshop with Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet 
  • Can We All Just Get Along: Finding common ground in different forms of activism with Christy Morgan, aka “The Blissful Chef
  • How to Deal With Facing Failing Health as a Vegan with Sayward Rebhal of Bonzai Aphrodite
  • Demo-ing the Demo with Fran Costigan
  • Touring Your Book or Project with 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner Nicole J. Georges
  • with more panels & breakouts to be announced!

SUNDAY, MAY 31ST:

continues at AT&T Executive Education Center for even more learning, community building & fun from Saturday. Ya dig?

The Sunday schedule is set to include the following:

  • Kickstart/Crowdfund your Vegan Food Dream with Terry Hope Romero
  • How To Make Kick-Ass Vegan Videos on YouTube with Whitney Lauritsen, aka “Eco Vegan Gal
  • Avenues to a Vegan Healthcare Career & Nutrition Wars with Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw
  • Video & Film as Activism Through Storytelling with Sasha Perry of Strongest Hearts
  • Vegan Athletes Panel with Christy Morgan, Matt Ruscigno & Lacy J. Davis
  • New! Vegan Business Class TBA with Miyoko Schinner of Artisan Vegan Life & Miyoko’s Kitchen
  • Writing Recipes with Grant Butler of The Oregonian’s FoodDay
  • Social Media Class TBA with Brian Patton, aka “The Sexy Vegan
  • Honesty in Your Online Presence with Monique Koch of Brown Vegan
  • Vegan Internet Entrepeneur Class TBA with Jill Pyle of Vegan Cuts
  • On-Location Photography with Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet 
  • Veganism, Body Image, Self-Esteem, ED Recovery: How reading blogs & social media can influence all of the above with Lacy J. Davis of Superstrength Health
  • Building Your Own App with Joshua May of Clue
  • The Ethics of Vegan Dining & Boozing with Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk
  • Vegan Travelin’ + Blogging with Jojo Huxster of vegan.in.brighton
  • Talking Cruelty-Free Cosmetics & Beauty with Tashina Combs of Logical Harmony
  • & yup, more details to come!

Sunday Conference hours, from breakfast through the closing talk: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Portland Art Museum’s packed, grand ballroom at VVC2013, via Cadry’s Kitchen

Stay tuned for the big, bad official agenda!  

We’ll be sure to let you know if any classes or hands-on workshops require advance signup via attendee newsletters (which you’ll receive at the address you buy your ticket with, so do let us know if there’s a change).

(And keep an eye out for Sunday night after-party info!)

💚 Please note, all is subject to change, except for the fact that this experience will be amazing. 💚

Back from Austin!

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Rewind!

Vida Vegan Con organizers Janessa and Michele have returned even more enamored with Austin after a week of very important meetings and venue walk-throughs and just as necessary vegan food truck hopping. They met with old VVC family, new speakers, and met some local Austin business owners, cooking up all sorts of plans for May 2015. Did you spy them around town, margarita or black coffee in hand?

Here’s a few photos of what they were up to:

sweet ritual ice cream at counter culture
Sweet Ritual vegan ice cream parlour!

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LEED-certified venue, baby

Chilling with Lily (and Marie & Dan)
Chilling with Lily (and Marie & Dan)

Meanwhile, back in Portland, Jess held down the Vida Vegan HQ homebase (make that: whatever coffeeshop she happened to be running into, then being Tula) and remained obsessing over all things vegan mac & cheese with a certain sold out showcase taking place.

150 vegans + 20 mac & cheese contenders Photo by Kathy Peterman

What’s new with you?

Stay tuned this week for our last minute Vegan Thanksgiving roundup and do let us know if you’d like to be included!

Vida Vegan Con 2015 Speaker Reveal #6

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Hi folks!

Ready for Vida Vegan Con’s Speaker Reveal #6? We’ve been featuring a handful of our speakers each week for VVC2015, and here is the sixth, and almost final, installment. Our speakers come from all over the world and range from cookbook author to activist to blogger to athlete. So many incredibly talented passionate and inspiration people applied to speak, and we’re so so excited to share, in no particular order, this group of awesome speakers:

Here they are, in randomly random order, your sixth set of Vida Vegan Con III speakers (and there’s a wee bit more to come!):

Fran Costigan VVC speakers

Fran Costigan, Queen of Vegan Desserts 

A highly regarded veteran of the culinary world, Fran Costigan is a pastry chef, author, speaker, culinary consultant, demo instructor and graduate of both the New York Restaurant School and the Natural Gourmet Institute. There is no doubt that Fran knows her chocolate, and she’ll be returning to our lineup for 2015 to show us all how it’s done while “demo’ing the demo” at our opening day Vida Vegan Bazaar, sharing everything you need to know for showcasing your own cooking demo, with whatever setting you’ve got. The Big Apple-based “Queen of Vegan Desserts” is the author of More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts Naturally and her latest hit, Vegan Chocolate.

 

Julie Hasson VVC speakers

Julie Hasson, Julie’s Kitchenette

With an impressive professional background that includes an array of popular cookbooks, cooking videos, websites, working as a private chef for celebrities, the founding of a famed Portland food cart, and new line of gluten-free baking mixes ⸺ not to mention helping us bring a little more Portland flavor to Austin ⸺ Julie Hasson returns to our lineup to discuss her diverse and successful experience, and get real on building a smart vegan business. Julie’s latest cookbook was released just this past week: Vegan Casseroles.

 

Amey Mathews.VVC speakers

Amey Mathews, Vegan Eats & Treats

We bet you know Amey Mathews of Vegan Eats & Treats from her charming drawings she somehow manages to include in her already exciting blog posts. (Secretly, her fine-art skills would blow you away!). Amey is passionate about yoga, art, animals, travel and is one creative and flexible cookie. She’ll be sharing those passions and talent in her very own “Let’s Make a Zine!” workshop at VVC2015. Hi Amey!!

 

 

Bianca Phillips VVC speakers

Bianca Phillips, Vegan Crunk

Like to eat out? Drink out? Both out? Bianca Phillips is a savvy journalist with the The Memphis Flyer by day, and the personality behind the popular and long-running Vegan Crunk blog by night (and all other times!). Bianca returns to our lineup this May to share her take on the ethics of vegan dining and boozing (and requisite blogging, of course). Plus, we hear she has a thing or two or three to share about DIY Vegan Homebrewing. Her first cookbook, Cookin’ Crunk: Eating Vegan in the Dirty South, was released in 2012.

 

Joni Marie Newman VVC speakers

 

Joni Marie Newman, Just The Food

More culinary royalty! Joni Marie Newman is the undisputed Queen of Veggie Burgers and as the author/co-author of eight vegan cookbooks and guides including The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet, Vegan Food Gifts, and Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen, certainly knows her way around a cookbook. She’s returning to our VVC2015 lineup ready to help you tackle your own cookbook development dreams, from concept to proposal to testing to publication. Get inspired, get thinking, get writing!

 

And definitely get ready: Vida Vegan Con returns in May!

From Bryant Terry to Terry Hope Romero, The Sexy Vegan and 20+ other vegan all-stars, check out the rest of our exclusive lineup reveals below:

Ready to register? Mark those calendars, commence the vegan taco call and grab your spot today!

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 Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX