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:
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).
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.
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 here. See you soon!
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
Social Media Users
For starters, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts will be in the 2015 SWAG Bag:
The Three Steps to SWAG Bag of Wonder Placement:
- 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)
- VVC fills and distributes our attendee bags
- 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
“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
“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
“Holy shmokes, lots of stuff!!” – Dreena Burton, Plant-Powered Kitchen
Here’s a scene from the first Vida Vegan Con in 2011:
Email us at email@example.com for more info or to reserve your spot ASAP. Deadline is May 1. Thank you!
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.
And dang, we can always get down with some of their breakfast tacos. Pure glory:
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:
For the record, this truck was gearing up to relocate when we last visited, so make sure verify the current address.
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).
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?
“Brass Ovaries. I haven’t been there but I’m so curious about it. Pole dancing!” – Michele
Another super new must, Rabbit Food Grocery!
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:
Did we mention breakfast tacos? We’re all downright obsessive about these shoestring potato breakfast babies from 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:
And to balance things out, a smashing sale on organic kale at Central Market:
Rio Rita’s. So cute, I’m charmed, let’s go:
One more for the road, which was actually our very first stop in town back in February: Arlo’s!
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.
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.
New Vida Vegan Con artwork by Josh Hooten, Herbivore Clothing.
DEEP BREATH, FOLKS: The Vida Vegan Con III Agenda is LIIIIIVE!
NEXT UP, the big unveiling of our brand-spanking new 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 Nom, Cool Beans, Herbivore Clothing, Chicago Vegan Foods, We Eat Foods, Strongest Hearts, Sweet Ritual Ice Cream, Treeline Cheese, Golden Spike Rail Cart, V Apparel, Beanfields Snacks, Vegan Cuts, Red Hot Vegans, Compassion Co, Fair Winds Press, Driftwood magazine, Kick Butt Boots, Friends of Animals, Natural Vitality, Primarily 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…
ANNOUNCING THE VIDA VEGAN CON THURSDAY NIGHT MEET & GREET:
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.
DID SOMEONE SAY VEGAN SCAVENGER HUNT?!?
OH, THERE’S ALWAYS MORE:
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.
SEE YOU THEN!
❤ Janessa, Jess & Michele
Co-Founders, Vida Vegan Con
It’s been two long years since VVC2013 and we’re beyond excited to see you all in Austin! Let make this happen.
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?)
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.
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:
Bonus: Austin Vegan Eats Google Map ⭐ & Our Official 2015 Venues
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).
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!
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.
We caught up with these two rad ladies in Austin just last month to take in some firepit time, food truck eats and house-
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 Recipes, Yellow 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 Stars: Jessica 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:
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.