Vegan Bazaar

Vida Vegan Con’s Opening Day Vegan Bazaar is tomorrow!

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Welcome to Vida Vegan Con III weekend, everyone!!!!!

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It’s time for bed (or staying up all evening printing and pouring over logistics, you know how we do), so here are two quick notes:

1) If you’ve registered for our sold out conference, you rule! Do make sure you stop by our opening day Vegan Bazaar tomorrow at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, and definitely make sure to arrive for YOUR exclusive Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer from noon-1pm (the earlier the better!) This new Bazaar is where all of our vendors will be, for one day only! 

Vida Vegan Con presents Vegan Bazaar

2) You can see the full Bazaar schedule over here on Sched, where our entire weekend program is live. It’s also where you should totally activate your profile and explore what’s in store!

Oh, yeah..of course…COME HUNGRY! There will be loads of samples from 60+ vendors, tons of cultured vegan cheese goodness and 4 food trucks ready for ya!

Enjoy! And feel free to share with the official hashtags: #vidavegancon #vidaveganatx and #veganbazaar!

P.S. You’ll get your SWAG Bags of Wonder on Saturday morning at conference registration. Woohoo!

P.P.S. Advance ticket sales are now complete, but you can buy a ticket at the door for $15 cash or card when the doors open to the public around 1pm!

Interview with VVC Moderator Colleen Holland, VegNews

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ColleenHolland.VegNews2015Good evening, Austin!

One of the biggest supporters of our first-ever vegan conference that could (way back in 2011) was Colleen Holland of VegNews Magazine, who’s joining us this weekend as both a vendor (see her tomorrow at our opening day Vegan Bazaar!) and as moderator of our “Let’s Talk Marketing” panel on Saturday morning. Without further adieu— because we sure need some sleep before the weekend truly hits— we present the following Q & A to catch up with all things Colleen:

What’s new with all things VegNews?
Great things are happening at VegNews. My team and I are working on the Summer 2015 issue, which includes everything from plant-based food tech companies and a vegan tour of Paris to homemade vegan pantry staples (butter! whipped cream!) and our favorite books, films, blogs, and TV shows of the summer. Plus, we’ll be including our 15th annual vegan wedding feature, with menus and parties like we’ve never seen before.
Let’s talk marketing…really! You’re leading a panel at Vida Vegan Con III this upcoming week that folks are already buzzing about. What’s in store?
I’ll be talking marketing with three experts from the world of podcasting, e-commerce, and app development. Whatever your message or platform is, we’re going to share the best way to get your content out there—and to do so on a budget. With passion, creativity, and a plan, anything is possible!
How do you recommend new vegan businesses get the word out what they’re sharing with the world…or at the least, their own community?
Building an audience or customer base through a thoughtful, well-planned social media strategy is a great way to jumpstart your business. You want to provide quality content, be consistent, and be an extension of your brand so people feel connected to you and what you’re doing.
What vegan (or vegan-loving) brands are you digging these days?
Oh my gosh, there are so many! I love cheese by Miyoko’s Creamery, chocolate tarts by Hail Merry, coconut chai by Bhakti Chai, body butter by Ellovi (hello, Mint Chocolate!), and grapefruit lip balm by Hurraw. For a special treat, I am obsessed with the French raw artisan truffles from Hnina, and last week we received a shipment of a new line of cheese sauces from The Honest Stand that is going to rock the vegan world.
What do you think’s in store for the future of the vegan world?
I think we’ve reached a tipping point, and the vegan economy is about to explode. For years, we’ve operated in our insular community as the movement slowly grew, but now the world is ready for plant-based living. People everywhere want to eat well, feel good, and live compassionately, and our community has been building the framework for this to happen for decades. Now, our time has come.
What excites you about veganism going so dang (and beautifully!) mainstream?
Where do I begin? First and foremost, I hope this is the beginning of the end to animal suffering. I’ve always felt that building a parallel vegan economy is the way we are going to achieve this goal, and I think we are here. I am also thrilled that people are taking charge of their health and looking toward a plant-based lifestyle to get healthy. We know there is zero deprivation when going vegan, and now the world is discovering this as well.
What are you looking forward to at (the final! epic!) Vida Vegan Con III?
I can hardly wait to arrive in Austin! I am looking forward to connecting with friends and colleagues from around the country, checking out all the vendors at Friday’s Vegan Bazaar, eating my way through the conference buffets, and scoping out new and exciting blogs. It will be a whirlwind four days, but I’m ready for it!
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.
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Thanks, Colleen! See the very latest of what she’s up to over at Healthy Vegan & stop by the VegNews table tomorrow!

Get Vida Vegan Con in your hands!

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Happy one mere week ’til Vida Vegan Con III! As you hopefully caught on our Instagram feed (follow along with @vidavegancon for behind-and-in-front of the scenes updates!), we’re going an extra step for our third conference with a digital conference platform. This means you have a free handy-dandy guide with all of our class info, official and unofficial events, speaker bios and all the Vegan Bazaar info you can handle.

This Sched.org site is for all full weekend registrants, where you can plan your conference schedule (not an obligation, with the exception of Amey’s Zine Workshop) from an interactive, super up-to-date platform on your own smart phone or tablet. In fact, as  full weekend attendees, you should have received an email earlier today to get things started!

It’s easy: Turn on your device. Open this very link: https://vidavegancon.sched.org.

This will prompt you to bookmark onto your home screen. Go for it! Make a quick account, and start exploring!

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 Photo by Julia.

See you all next week in Austin!!

Presenting the Vida Vegan Con III T-Shirts, designed by Herbivore’s Josh Hooten!

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When we asked Herbivore’s Josh Hooten to design our Vegan Bazaar postcards and were introduced to this charming armadillo, we thought the same thing so many of you did: “I need that on a t-shirt!

And gosh, sometimes dreams do come true: We’ve got our favorite Vida Vegan Con T-Shirts yet!

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This year, we’ve ordered a few slightly different standard (but awesome) T-Shirt styles in both Unisex and “Ladies” in an array of sizes. Yay! Click on the sizing links below to figure out more on what you’d like to pick up during VVC weekend.

More on sizing & shirt styles in store:

Anvil Ringspun Lightweight 980

Portland & Company Ladies Essential Ringspun 150

Bella + Canvas Relaxed Jersey 6400 

All shirts are solid black (via Portland’s Ink Brigade) and will be available via cash or card on all 3 days of the ‘Con. Pricing to follow.

Please note: we are not doing any pre-orders. The T-Shirts will be sold out at the VVC merch table during Friday’s Vegan Bazaar (first come, first served!!) and again on Saturday and Sunday during the conference happenings.  Any remaining will be sold online afterwards.

Go ahead, rock the armadillo and own a piece of VVC…forever!

Full Weekend Tickets Sold Out, Head to the Vegan Bazaar!

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The murmurs are true. With 14 days until Vida Vegan Con III hits Austin, we can proudly announce that we’re sold out of full weekend registrations! Thank you all so, so, so much!

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We truly appreciate our attendees so: all of you who’ve been before and wanted to return, and all of those who’ve decided to join us for the first time this year at our final conference. We’ll see you all in 2 weeks…or sooner! [Seriously, Jess here, posting this from Bouldin Creek over coffee & tofu ren]

If you missed out and you’re super serious about wanting to join us, we suggest you do one or more of the following:

  1. Tweet @vidavegancon and let us know you’re looking for a ticket and we’ll re-share, in case there’s someone who can no longer make it. Make sure to use #vidavegancon
  2. Write on our VVC Facebook wall or leave a comment on our updates over there or on Instagram, so folks can see you’re on the look for a ticket!
  3. Leave a comment on this post below, with your contact info or twitter @user.

Disclaimer: It’s important to know that Vida Vegan Con does not offers refunds or cancellations. All ticket transfers are done independently and are your own responsibilities. Once a transfer is complete, all you need to do is email info@vidavegancon.com both parties’ names, the new attendee’s name, and your contact emails. After that, we’ll add the new party to our door list and send out a confirmation email. Please make all transfer 72 hours before the ‘Con, so we can finalize our door list!

THIS IS AWESOME: For the first time ever, we’re mixing things up and opening up an entire day of the ‘Con experience for the Vegan Bazaar.

This means that IF YOU MISSED OUT on grabbing a ticket, or don’t have the entire weekend free, or it’s just not feasible to purchase registration, take that time off of work and fly out here, or you’re just looking for something fun and deliciously vegan to do one afternoon: You can still attend our Vegan Bazaar!

Vida Vegan Con presents Vegan Bazaar

ALL ABOUT THE VEGAN BAZAAR: The new festival offers a taste of Vida Vegan Con, where you can meet all of our vendors at once (at last count, over 70!), get your sample on, watch live demos by the “Queen of Vegan DessertsFran Costigan, and Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk, take in special talks from best-selling cookbook author Terry Hope Romero of Vegan Latina and Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, and learn from Joanna Vaught’s Vegan Family + Parenting panel, and just “How We Made Austin Awesome“, with moderator Stephanie Bogdanich, aka “Lazy Smurf“.

Plus, we’ll have at least four food trucks with special menus right parked outside The Marchesa’s door: Cool Beans, Arlo’s, Sadie B. Foods and The Vegan Nom!

Grab your tickets to Friday’s Vegan Bazaar right now and save $6 off advance admission with the discount code “TOFUTACO“, which is good until Sunday morning, 5/17.

WANT A TABLE? We’re still open for vendors of all types & sizes. Email us info@vidavegancon.com for more info.

YOU SHOULD KNOW: The Vegan Bazaar is included for all Vida Vegan Con attendees and speakers, who receive an exclusive first hour from noon-1pm during the Miyoko’s Kitchen Mixer, with Miyoko Schinner & crew (who will be there all day, too)! RSVP on Facebook. The entire event is open to the public from 1pm-7pm.

Come hungry & bring a bag for any goodies you pick up!