SUNDAY, AUG 29TH
Our schedule for the day:
9:40am - 10:55am The Marketing Panel
11:00am - 11:45am Extreme Food Writing Makeover
11:50am - 12:35pm Storymaking and Food Bloggin w/ Terry
12:40pm - 1:40pm LUNCH - Casa Bonita
12:40pm - 1:40pm LUNCH - Casa Bonita
1:45pm - 3:00pm Publishing Panel
3:15pm - 4:20pm Specialty Diets
4:25pm - 5pm Closing Address: Isa Chandra Moskowitz
Breakfast was the same. Same good food and meeting some different awesome folks, including Shelley from Vegan Favorites (great name by the way ;) ~ Shelley)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: The Marketing Panel
Stephanie Redcross with Vegan Mainstream along with the rest of the panel had a lot of good information. My favorite advice was to not link your Facebook with your Twitter. It is one of my pet peeves to constantly get the same thing twice. You want to support all of the vegans out there but if you are constantly getting the same information you are tempted to unfollow.
Extreme Food Writing Makeover
This was another class that was a blur to me. It seems like it was over way too quickly. To be honest I really should have been a good little blogger and took better notes.
Storymaking and Food Bloggin w/ Terry Hope Romero
I was really excited to go to this class. Like most vegans, I’m a huge fan of Terry and Isa. To me they are the queens of the Vegan Royalty. I am but a happy follower. This was also one of Momma Veg’s favorite classes. (Remember to always include a cat in your blog. J hee.. Oh no, I don’t have a cat on my blog yet. FAIL.)
Lunch was “Casa Bonita” which included Upton’s Naturals chorizo, spicy soy curls, raw walnut meat, Spanish rice, tortillas and Daiya pepper jack cheese. On the table was Food for Lovers nacho dip which made for a spicy lunch. We sat with the very nice folks of Vegan Favorites, More than a Salad, and a few others (again sorry that I didn’t write it down).
I probably couldn’t tell you what my absolute favorite panel was but I can tell you that this was my favorite group of speakers. Bryanna Clark Grogan, Julie Hasson, Joni Marie Newman, Ryan Patey, Terry Hope Romero and Isa Chandra Moskowitz (moderator). Even though I have no plans to publish a cookbook or magazine I really enjoyed the discussion. I wish the class had been a little longer because everyone had great questions. Getting published seems to be only half the battle. Now you have to promote yourself with little or no help from the publisher.
I was looking forward to this class because me and Momma Veg do a mostly oil-free diet and have been getting recipes off of Fat Free Vegan for a while now so it was a treat to see Susan V. in person. I also wanted to get Kittee’s take on being gluten free. I have toyed with the idea of giving up gluten for a couple of weeks or so to see if I feel better or if I have less migraines. I have a feeling it is going to be really tough. It is just way too easy to eat it because you aren’t paying close attention to what you are putting in your mouth. Everything is such a habit and a habit can be really hard to break. This class was smaller so the panel decided to put all of the chairs in a circle to make if more of a interactive class so people would feel more comfortable to talk.
Who do you get to do the closing remarks after the 3 awesome hosts give theirs? Well, the vegan royalty of Isa Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero, of course. They were awesome as usual and led us in a standing ovation for the hosts to thank them for all of the phenomenal work they did organizing this conference.
The conference was amazing in the sense that there was no hierarchy. Everyone mixed and chatted during the whole event. Everyone was extremely friendly and some of us (like me) hid that we were extremely excited to meet what I consider (weirdly in my own mind) the vegan royalty of queens, princesses, a few princes, and a bunch of us that aren’t quite there but are still a part of the beautiful royal family. As vegans we a part of something special. We are wise, compassionate people who are a head of our time. We are leaders of health and animal rights that will some day prove that we were right and everyone will be grateful for it. That is why, in my eyes, we are all royal. (Yes, I know I am a dork.)
DAY THREE SUMMARY
Publishing Panel = amazing
Storymaking and Food Bloggin w/ Terry Hope Romero = more amazing
Closing Address: Isa Chandra Moskowitz (and the standing ovation for our VVC hosts!) = extreme amazing
Immediately after the closing at VVC we jumped on the street car to go to Whole Foods. The streetcar ride became “interesting” as a wannabe thug and a very large handicap lady on a walker tried to get into a fight. The thug was getting upset with someone for some unknown reason and was talking about getting his gun out while the handicap lady just antagonized him telling him to go ahead and shoot us all. I was thinking “Um, No thank you. I would prefer not to get shot today”. Luckily we were able to get off the street car right as the thug started to approach the lady. We were in the first car so the driver got up at the stop to see what was going on and stop the fight. Was anyone else at VVC in that car? I just don’t understand why people have to act that way. If someone is acting stupid don’t antagonize them or it will lead to somewhere you don’t want it to go.
While at Whole Foods we got this amazing looking Strawberry cake. It tasted good but it was gone too fast. It was like eating Cotton Candy. It melted in your mouth and a minute later you don’t even remember eating it except the sugar rush you now have.
The Morning After
The next morning I made the mistake of booking a 6am flight. As we were finishing our 5 block walk to catch the Max train to the airport at about 4am (from our downtown hotel) I was approached by a homeless person. I thought I would just go around him but he came up to me and licked me on the cheek then walked on his way. I was very lucky that is all he did. He appeared to be around my age and not an old nasty man but it was still extremely gross. (Who knew I looked that good without makeup. J) Next time I won’t be a cheapo and will take a taxi or shuttle that early in the morning.
On the Max on the way to the airport a man seating across from my mother took out a pocket knife and started cutting things off his back pack. He was already making us nervous by his mannerisms so when he pulled out the knife it made my mother really nervous. It seemed an inappropriate time to do it. When he got up to get off the train he turned around and started messing with his pants. I was getting nervous that I was about to get flashed so I looked the other way just in case. Luckily, nothing happened and after he finished whatever he was doing he got off the train.
As you can tell my last 12 hours were very interesting. I would have preferred a somewhat different send-off. The great thing is that I had an amazing time at Vida Vegan Con and thank you to the organizers, sponsors, and all the amazing people I met.
FINAL VVC NOTES
A few things I regret:
1. Should have flown in on Thursday for all of the early festivities including Vegucated.
2. Wish we would have tried to take the Photography class. My photos lately haven’t been turning out as hoped. Some are blurry while others need the food to be better displayed. Without Momma Veg all of my photos would probably be on my white countertop. Not creative.
3. We didn’t go to Homegrown Smoker. Hearing about everyone’s food is making me really jealous.
4. Should have hunted down the other folks from Texas.
5. Should have stayed an extra day or more because the weekend ended too quickly.
6. Wish we had rented a car to go explore past downtown.
In 2013 we will make more time to explore whatever city it is held in (Portland or not).
SUGGESTIONS for VVC 2013
We don’t really have any. The few little things I can think of have already been noted and talked about by the organizers themselves so no need to repeat. I can’t wait to see what classes and speakers there will be. The anticipation might just kill us all. J I’m just so happy and fortunate that I was able to attend this great conference and meet so many amazing people. A big thank you goes these organizers who absolutely deserved their standing ovation.
Since I didn’t take very many photos, (No, I have no idea what was wrong with me.) please visit the following blogs where they have some great recaps with some nice photos.