CRAZY LAST MINUTE VIDA VEGAN CON 2015 TICKET GIVEAWAY!

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Goodness, gracious! Deanna J can’t make the conference this weekend, and has generously passed on her ticket for this last-minute giveaway!

THEREFORE….You can totally win a hot ticket to the sold out, final Vida Vegan Con!!!

This ticket is valid for registration to Vida Vegan Con III in Austin, TX.

This 3-day event is being held May 29-31, 2015. Friday’s opening day  Vegan Bazaar is at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre and Saturday and Sunday’s full conference sessions are being held at AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center. In addition to this three-day, full weekend access, we feed ya! The lucky winner gets to enjoy 4 surely epic vegan meal buffets, a SWAG Bag of Wonder, and exclusive to Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer, which noon-1pm before the Bazaar. This does not include transportation and lodging.

See the full agenda here at vidavegancon.sched.org

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Here’s how to win:

Tell us a fun vegan story in the comments, or hey, tell us a vegan joke!

You have until 10pm tonight, May 27, 2015 CDT to enter. We’ll pick a winner and announce it in the morning! Do make sure to include your contact email in the comment info field.

22 thoughts on “CRAZY LAST MINUTE VIDA VEGAN CON 2015 TICKET GIVEAWAY!

    Susie Vybiral said:
    May 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I was sharing how I became vegan with a young friend of a friend. She seemed interested but after considering it said,

    “Hmm, yeah…. It would be really hard for me to be vegan and eat all those special foods. I mean, I live with my parents and they won’t buy me vegan food. I’m a college student and don’t have a lot of money and it’s not like food grows on trees.”

    . . .

    Kellie Laws said:
    May 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I am the brachiosaurus at the t-rex barbque.

    The Sade said:
    May 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I was having dinner with my extended family over the weekend, and my aunt asked, “What kind of flour do you use? I like almond and coconut.”
    Her husband chided, “Honey, flour is a plant…”
    She was like, “Oh, yeah… I guess you can just use regular flour too!”

    Olga Krywyj said:
    May 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Two aliens are are seen sipping on green smoothies in a Spaceship hovering over Planet Earth. One alien turns to the other and says ” Zap, I thought we’d found signs of intelligent life but the majority of Earthlings aren’t even vegans. What’s up with that?!!! They appear to be vertical, walking composting machines (homo erectus) filled with the rotting, decaying flesh and bacteria of other species, “the others”. They make and grow these “others” in secret factories. Creepy! How do they pick who to ingest, who is their friend, who is their entertainment? Is it arbitrary? Do they hold a lottery? Then there are “the other others” — the Vegans who don’t fancy eating “the others”. Whoa, how can one species be so Psycho? Funny, the carnist and vegan humans all look the same to me. Do you suppose it’s hereditary? Are they programmed to do it, — to eat “the others” who don’t resemble themselves? I’m puzzled. “The others” are just as smart, especially those gigantic black and white spotted ones referred to as Orcas swimming in their oceans. The very big hairy orange ones that walk strange and climb trees, the orangutans I believe they call them, don’t eat “the others”. “Bing, I don’t get it either. Where are their clubs and loin cloths? Funny, this species doesn’t have those strange large protruding foreheads or unibrows we saw at the last planet. Devolution you suppose?” Yeah, you can see them through the windows of their spacecrafts feasting on the flesh of “the others”. How did this species learn to make these flying chariots? They behave just like the Neanderthals at that last planet we stopped at. They don’t have flying chariots. They still haven’t mastered the art of making fire yet! Why is this species not drinking green smoothies like us on their aircrafts? Duh? It’s so 2,000 BC!

    Zap turns to Bing, makes the “V” sign (like in StarTrek) and says “Life long and prosper … wasn’t that the expression they used?” Bing turns to Zap and says let’s go back home to “Veganus!” Full warp speed ahead!!!

    This post is in memory of one of my favorite stars actor Leonard Nimoy aka “Spock” the Vulcan, another “V” word. Of course the crew of the Enterprise on Star trek were all vegan. “Live long and prosper Vegans!” That’s what the “V” hand symbol mean’t on the show as well as the “V” logo on the crew’s uniforms. StarTrek — totally ahead of its time!!! I’d love to win the ticket to hang out with all the Vegan “Star” Trekkers at Vida Vegan Con this weekend.

    Cassandra Callaghan said:
    May 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    One time, I had no food in the house, so I ate spoonfuls of nutritional yeast.

    One time, I ghosted a man for ordering cow’s milk in his coffee at an otherwise all vegan establishment.

    One time, I protested a fishing conference in Las Vegas and got fishnet tan lines. On my face.

    One time, I hid in a lofted bed listening to a vegan dinner date happening in the next room where one vegan criticized another’s pre-cut broccoli choice.

    One time, I painted myself like an orca and the paint wouldn’t come off, so I cancelled all of my appointments for three days.

    One time, a kid I was babysitting started a fire cooking his own dinner because I wouldn’t cook meat.

    One time, I was going to be in Austin at exactly the same time as Vida Vegan Con. The ending doesn’t have to be tragic.

      Alissa said:
      May 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      i make vegan cheese. an argument i get into with people a lot is why does it have to be called cheese if there’s no milk in it? and my response is generally, there is milk in it. it’s nut milk. it’s made from a fermented milk. just like cheese. and technically, cheese is a fermented milk. and that’s what this is. so basically it IS cheese. and the response i get to this is generally…oh.
      anyway, i grew up in texas. went to college in austin. am demoing at the vegan bazaar. and wasn’t planning on staying in austin over the weekend. but then my fam came down and now i have a place to stay. so i’m here. and it would be rad to go to the con. but i’m sure there are plenty of deserving folks around. cheers!

        Olga Krywyj said:
        May 28, 2015 at 5:43 am

        “Cheese” is a generic word like “milk” (dairy, nut, grain or seed milk) and meat (animal flesh or flesh of nuts, seeds, etc). . It is a TEXTURE & perhaps process regardless of what it is made from.

      Cassandra said:
      May 28, 2015 at 4:15 am

      Just in case- Cassandra.callaghan@me.com🙂

        jess sconé responded:
        May 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

        Check your inbox!

    Diana Roe said:
    May 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Listening into conversations of this vegan Health Coach—-
    Tofu doesn’t have to taste like shoe leather – try this recipe
    No, almond milk is not dairy even though it looks like milk – try it, I bet you like it
    You can be strong eating plants – ever try moving a plant with its’ roots?
    Pick a veg or fruit you like – you can juice any and come alive! really – just like plants!
    Yes, chia seeds are the same as the ones you used to grow on a pot creature – so what?
    Barbeque without meat?? absolutely! (Texas client)
    Pumpkin – not just for Thanksgiving. Add it to any recipe for a treat

    Inspiration, support, fun, Austin vegan eats, comrades – I need a trip to Vida Vegan Con!!

    Taleen Asadourian said:
    May 27, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Sorry to hear that Deanna J cannot go, but thank you for this opportunity! Set of three jokes below, all involving my family, who have been dragged into this vegan realm.

    ——————————–
    After a series of “Can vegans eat this, can vegans eat that”, my brother stumped me on a good one: “Hey, Taleen. Can vegans eat horseradish?”

    ————————-
    My family hasn’t entirely embraced veganism, but have been supportive. My father has been very encouraging and suggested we go to a vegan restaurant for Father’s Day. The nearest restaurant was Loving Hut. My father, mother, brother and I ordered, sat down, and waited for our meal. We waited and waited. Then waited some more. And if you’ve been to Loving Hut, then you know we were waiting for water, too. (They try to conserve, you have to request.) My sweet, kind, gentle, loving mother is prone to becoming hangry, and as we waited, this sweet, kind, gentle lady bestowed upon this fine establishment a new name: “The F*cking Suck”. The name has spread amongst our friends and I’m still trying to undo the damage- “Try the cheesecake, try the flan! I’m telling you, it doesn’t suck!”
    ———————————

    After going vegan, I ended up losing the weight I put on in college. (Not being able to eat every donut in the office will do that to you.) I saw this elderly couple at an Armenian festival, and they commented,*in thick Armenian accent* “Taleen, you look so nice. You lost some ‘veight’? How did you do it?” “Thank you!” I cheerfully replied, “I’m just eating vegan food now”. I probably should have gone into describing ethical veganism, but was pulled away before I realized what I had done.

    A few minutes later my brother followed, greeting the couple. “Vigennnn! Come over here and say ‘Parev”! (Vicken is my brother’s name, popular amongst Armenian males, and pronounced with a hard “k” sound in Western Armenian. However, in Eastern Armenian, the dialect spoken by this couple, it has a softer “g”, Vigen. You can see where this is going…) Tell us, what are you eating now! What’s the secret to your diet?”

    Later that day my brother and I shared notes and realized what had happened. “It all makes sense now.”

      thebonaventurepine said:
      May 27, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Also, I can’t take credit for this one, but it’s one of my favorites from “Overhead in New York” (remember this, before HONY?)

      Big, Fake Ones

      Columbia student volunteer: So, who knows what soy milk is?
      Fourth grade girls: [Silence.]
      Columbia student volunteer: Well, soy milk tastes like milk, but it’s made with beans.
      Fourth grader: Hold the phone — beans has titties?

      –P.S. 125

      Overheard by: alexandra

      http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/013170.html/

    Candice Clemens said:
    May 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    I’m an attendee but my mother, who eats 99% plant based and who I’m actively recruiting for vegan-hood. I’m bringing her with me to Austin for her 63rd birthday. She is amazing and inspirational, and she’s helping me start my own business! It would mean the world to me and her if she could anticipate in the conference. I think her prescence and perspective would add value to the experience of attendees. Thanks for considering her!

    Alissa said:
    May 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    May 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    i make vegan cheese. an argument i get into with people a lot is why does it have to be called cheese if there’s no milk in it? and my response is generally, there is milk in it. it’s nut milk. it’s made from a fermented milk. just like cheese. and technically, cheese is a fermented milk. and that’s what this is. so basically it IS cheese. and the response i get to this is generally…oh.
    anyway, i grew up in texas. went to college in austin. am demoing at the vegan bazaar. and wasn’t planning on staying in austin over the weekend. but then my fam came down and now i have a place to stay. so i’m here. and it would be rad to go to the con. but i’m sure there are plenty of deserving folks around. cheers!

    Veggies and Meows said:
    May 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    My boyfriend recently got back into playing Minecraft. He is so vegan he made his game character vegan. No killing animals, no eating animals, no wearing animals. His hunger level is low but he says it’s worth it because no pixels die for him.😀 (mcquader927@gmail.com)

    Priscilla jerez said:
    May 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    As a chef
    I enjoy all things cooking
    I love learning the techniques of our ancient ancestors and add some modern concepts.
    I love to learn about the history of all cuisines.
    So when I meet chefs I love to discuss work with them. A lot of them, being not vegan, tell me that sometimes it’s difficult to cook for vegans. Although most of the best ones usually welcome the challenge.
    In talking to the chefs, most tell me they prefer to cook vegan but most of the recipes are not. One day I was taking to a chef that was amazed at the depth of flavor behind my food. He stated that he could not be able to do the same. Most of these chefs have graduated from culinary schools and know techniques for cooking the most difficult dishes, and even then they try to stray away from vegan cooking. I explained that a lot of the techniques and methods I used where the same as the non vegan ones just…cruelty free. I realized many of the culinary schools don’t bother to push creativity and experimentation. I feel that this can be why most veggie dishes in places are lacking creativity. The more we spoke about cooking the more we learned from each other. These chefs are now offering more vegan friendly items on their menu and we speak frequently swapping tips and tricks.

    Traditions and flavor is very important to me, representing my culture is too, and I want to make sure that I can share my world with everyone and do it vegan style!!

      Priscilla jerez said:
      May 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      For my joke,
      “Vegan style” should be the new one night stand… Because we will never “meat” again! Lol

      Priscilla jerez said:
      May 27, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      What does the chicken hope to find when it crosses the road?

      Vegans

        jess sconé responded:
        May 28, 2015 at 12:58 pm

        Check your inbox!

    Robert Luedtke said:
    May 27, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Sorry about the last minute entry. I just got back home after a long day of dealing with storm debris, etc. here in Austin. My story is about my best friend back during my school days. We went to middle school, high school and college together. I went veg my second year at college. My friend gave me all kind of grief about eating rabbit food, squirrel food, etc. Fast forward a number of years and we are both married. My friend goes to the doctor and has some heart related problems. He calls me and after a long talk I mention that he might want to watch ‘Forks Over Knives.’ After all the trouble he had given me for years about my diet, I would have bet money that he would watch the movie and dismiss it for whatever reason. Much to my surprise he became vegan and convinced his wife to do the same. He watched the movie again with his son and his son decided to become vegan too! Three more vegans in the world! We SHALL overcome. Never, ever, ever give up on your friends and family. It may take something drastic like a bad report from the doctor, but they may come around and see the light. My friend did. All the best to everyone.

      Olga Krywyj said:
      May 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Awesome! My physician had no response whatsoever when my cholesterol level dropped from off the charts to normal after I went vegan. I told him it was because I was living a strict vegan lifestyle and diet from the past year. Blank stare and response! No words of congrats or encouragement. The medical practitioners in North America are not taught prevention through plant-based diet. They get no education in diet and reverting. Instead they are taught to be pimps for big pharma after someone has already become sick. Education for the entire medical profession needs to be overhauled and shoukd focus on “prevention” and not “running for the cure” after the fact. Many big pharma drug side effects are worse tan the diseases they have been formulated to manage and cure. I know as I am a living victim of RX drug poisoning. No accountability by prescribing physicians is required by law either!!! Can you believe it? Go vegan and save your health now while you can.

    ELiza Harte said:
    May 28, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Q. How can you tell when a vegan has entered the room?
    A. They’ll tell you!
    (As a bad vegan, I found this funny.)

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