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Vida Vegan Con Scavenger Hunt Recap

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The last Vida Vegan Con has come and gone! We ate some seriously good food, we drank all the dranks, and we hung out with scores of insanely amazing people. We took on a lot with organizing a kick-ass scavenger hunt and after-party, and may have forgotten to factor hours in the day to sleep, but it was all worth it in the end.

We put together our very first scavenger hunt, and had a ton of fun coming up with ridiculous prompts. Our tasks were a little over the top at times, and may have overwhelmed some of our shyer participants, but the few people who took it on, ran with it. Out of the 35 total tasks, here are a few of our favorites:

It’s not going to rain on my parade! Form a mini-parade with at least three umbrellas.

Jojo's Umbrella Parade
Submitted by Jojo

Amey's Umbrella Parade
Submitted by Amey

“Woman laughing alone with salad” stock photos- a vegan stereotype in a nutshell. Laugh your way to the bank while holding any delicious vegan dish (even salad counts).

Jojo's Laughing Photo
Submitted by Jojo

Amey's Laughing Photo
Submitted by Amey

Sugar crash from all the amazing vegan sweets? Snap a pic of yourself or a friend utilizing an unusual napping spot.

Ted's Naptime Photo
Submitted by Ted

Jojo's Naptime Photo
Submitted by Jojo

Amey's Naptime Photo
Submitted by Amey

Erika's Naptime Photo
Submitted by Erika

Swim in a sea of your VVC Swag.

Amey's Swag Photo
Submitted by Amey

Jojo's Swag Photo
Submitted by Jojo

Ted's Swag Photo
Submitted by Ted

So. Ridiculous. A huge thanks to everyone who participated, and particularly to Jojo (Vegan in Brighton), Amey (Vegan Eats and Treats), Ted (Wok on the Wildside), Erika (Norton’s Movie Maps) and Rachel (Veggies and Meows), who took a vast majority of the photos, and are my new favorite people. If you’re curious as to what all we made these trusting people do, you can find the complete list of scavenger hunt tasks here. We can’t believe VVC is over, but at least we have the memories. Check out our gallery below for a more complete look at our favorite hunt photos (tip: don’t forget to read the captions).

Vida Vegan Con Has Arrived:

Scavenger Hunt, Bazaar, After Parties, Oh My!

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Vida Vegan Con will have you jumping for joy! (and making stupid corny jokes)
Vida Vegan Con will have you jumping for joy! (and making stupid corny jokes)

At this point I hope you’ve heard of Vida Vegan Con, and are as excited as we are that the non-stop party that is VVC is almost upon us! Whether you hit up the Bazaar, the after-parties, or participate in the Scavenger Hunt – this week is gonna be a blast!


The conference itself is sold out, but there are still so many ways for locals to participate in festivities. Here’s a break-down of events that are happening this week:
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Vida Vegan Con is Coming to Austin!

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Vida Vegan Con III

Vida Vegan Con is coming to Austin in less than 3 months! That’s practically around the corner. What is Vida Vegan Con you ask? Why should I care about it? Well, if you’re a blogger, a vegan, a vendor, an Austinite, or anyone with a pulse really, you should be excited. Vida Vegan Con is a big all-vegan conference, chock-full of seminars and panels and general fun times. Up until now, Vida Vegan Con has been held in Portland, but this time around, it’s coming to our very own Austin! Vida Vegan Con is pretty much just a big party, full of everyone you’ve always heard about, but probably never met.

From bloggers Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw, Susan Voisin of Fat Free Vegan, Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack, Monique Koch of Brown Vegan, Whitney Lauritsen of Eco-Vegan Gal, and Ginny Messina of The Vegan RD to renowned vegan chefs Fran Costigan, Terry Hope Romero, Brian Patton, Bryant Terry, Miyoko Schinner and so many more, it seems like just about everyone is coming to town! The conference was originally set up as a vegan bloggers’ conference, but has since morphed into a vegan lifestyle conference with parenting panels, photography workshops, writing workshops, community organization panels, body positivity panels and more. It is a great conference for anyone curious about becoming more active in the vegan community, or just interested in meeting their vegan role models (there will be so many of them there!).

Hanging out with Howard Jacobson

The conference schedule has just been posted, and it’s jam-packed with interesting things to do. You’ve got the unofficial meet and greet on Thursday, the Vida Vegan Bazaar on Friday (open to the public), and classes and panels all day Sat into Sun (with vegan buffets to boot!), ending with the unofficial after party Sunday night (also open to the public). For those interested in attending the conference, which gets you everything mentioned above, plus a massive swag bag, tickets are $310 and can be purchased here.

If you can’t swing the full-ticket price, there is still a great way to get in on the action, and that is through the Vida Vegan Bazaar on Friday. The Bazaar takes place on Friday, May 29th from 1pm to 7pm at Marchesa Hall, and will feature live demos, vegan food samples, clothing vendors, nonprofits and more (Vendors!! – VVC is still booking vendors for the bazaar – so check out their vendor tips if you want to represent!). Tickets to the bazaar are only $15, and can be purchased here. In addition to the Bazaar, we’re teaming up with ATX Vegan Drinks to organize a badass closing party at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Like all Vegan Drinks events here in Austin, this one will be free and open to the public. Want to get more involved? You can also volunteer for the bazaar or conference.

Dan and I attended the last conference in Portland, and had one of the craziest, most fun weekends ever. We partied with our local Austin contingent (we were 10 strong!), we schmoozed with authors and chefs, we ate and drank until we couldn’t eat and drink any more, and then we crashed hard. One of the reasons we had so much fun was because we let loose, and had a blast taking ridiculous photos with friends. And who doesn’t love ridiculous photos?

Thinking about how much fun we had in Portland gave us the idea to team up with the VVC organizers to create a kick-ass photo-based scavenger hunt for VVC 2015! We’re mixing funny faced photos with local trivia and vegan vendors, to create the ultimate hunt to get the most out of your time at VVC. The scavenger hunt will kick off on Thursday at the unofficial meet and greet, and run through Sunday morning, with winners announced at the unofficial closing party. More details will be coming soon, check back in with us here to find out more!

The best part about living in Austin is that we don’t have to go anywhere to take advantage of all this conference has to offer! Whether you attend the conference or the bazaar, donate your time and volunteer, or party down with us at the closing party, I hope every Austin vegan will take part in making this conference one of the best.

Vegan News Bites

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We interrupt our (not so) regularly scheduled 2014 Vegan MoFo theme posts, “Top 20 – Eat Yo’ Veggies Edition” for an overdue (and slightly indulgent) “Vegan News Bites”. Some of this might be old news to many of our readers, but there’s so much that happens in this town, that we hope everybody will have a chance to learn something new! Apologies in advance for the epically long post, but that’s what happens when you combine the incredibly active vegan scene we have here in Austin with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned procrastination.

Vegan-friendly Businesses

Rabbit Food Grocery is moving to a brick and mortar!

  • We’ll start off with the biggest and most exciting news for Austin vegans: Rabbit Food Grocery is moving into a brick-and-mortar location! Their kickstarter campaign just got 100% funded yesterday, but there’s still a little over two weeks left for you to back their campaign and help them move in. Kickstarter backers can look forward to scoring some awesome RFG swag, groceries delivered to your home, or even a chance at an all-you-can-grab vegan supermarket sweep! In the meantime, you can still order online, and as our readers, you can save 10% off your whole order for the entire month of September! Just enter coupon code “RedHotVegans” at checkout!
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