Vida Vegan Con Wrap-Up

I’m back from Vida Vegan Con, the first ever vegan blogger’s conference.  It was also my first trip to Portland, and both Ryan and I were so excited to have an excuse to finally visit.  The photos above are from the photography workshop.  You might recognize Hannah Kaminsky and Isa Chandra espousing the finer points of food photography.  Susan Voison was also on the panel, but I wasn’t able to get a shot of her – although you can kind of see her in the background.

And speaking of those ladies, one of my favorite things about the weekend was getting to meet so many people that have been such inspirations for me in my vegan journey.  Spending face to face time with the people behind the blogs and cookbooks that I love was amazing, and the panels I attended were informative and inspiring.  I particularly loved the panel on vegan parenting and the writing workshop with Isa.

Despite the fact that I was at a blogging conference, I was terrible about taking photos.  I get so caught up in the moment that I forget to document it, and I only had my iPhone camera for much of the time as Ryan (the real photographer) was off making a cool video and getting some killer shots of the city.  More on that in my next post where I’ll talk more about the rest of our time in Portland …

This is the only shot I have from the Galarama.  That’s me with Carolyn (aka The Healthy Voyager) and Allison of Allisons’ Gourmet – love these ladies!  The Galarama was a blast, and I was excited that there were great non-alcoholic drink options for me (as there were at the other con events).  Despite trying to somewhat take it easy, I definitely overdid it a bit with the walking and being on my feet Friday and Saturday, as was evidenced by the disappearance of my ankles on Sunday.  After a mini panic attack I reassured myself that my pregnant body was just telling me to slow down.

Fortunately I had plenty of time to do just that after the conference as Ryan and I stayed in Portland a couple extra days after the festivities ended.  Being able to relax and spend some time together was fantastic.  To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect going into the weekend, and I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed myself.

I hope to be able to make it to the next conference – maybe with a little one in tow?  I’m really grateful to have been able to meet so many people whose blogs I’ve followed, and who I felt like I already knew.  I couldn’t be happier that we made the trip.  The only thing I wish is that we’d had more time as there were so many people that I would have loved to been able to connect with.  A massive thank you to Jess, Janessa and Michele for planning such a well-organized and enjoyable conference!

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16 Responses to “Vida Vegan Con Wrap-Up”

  1. I’ve enjoyed reading all the recaps of Vida Vegan. It sounds like it was a great conference! I love your site, by the way. :)

  2. Don’t worry, I was even worse about the photos… I was so caught up in all of the workshops and panels I had to speak on, all I got was one photo of a particularly impressive spiderweb. Seriously.

    But anyways, it was AMAZING to meet you! You’re so adorable! I really hope we can meet again before Vida Vegan ’13, because we still have so much more to talk about. :)

  3. It was so fantastic to finally to have met you and Ryan. If you’re just not the cutest pregnant gal, then I don’t know what! I deeply enjoyed our conversation about diet during pregnancy, and I wish you a beautiful experience welcoming your baby into the world. Come back to Portland soon….

  4. I’m with you and Hannah. I was so remiss on the photo taking that I have few images to combine with numerous words. Ah well, maybe I’ll just stick to what I do best and stay covered in chocolate in the kitchen. ;-)
    I adored meeting you, Ryan, and baby (was the gender appt yesterday?) and hope to see you all again very soon.
    Much love and xoxo, my new Soul Sistah!

  5. Thanks, Audrey! I’ve loved reading the recaps too – I’ve spent way too much time checking them all out.

  6. Hey, Hannah! It was so great to meet you as well, and I would love it if we could see each other before the next Vida Vegan Con! Totally agree that we didn’t even get to scratch the surface of all we could talk about…

  7. It was great to meet you too, Lynzie! We definitely want to come back soon, and thanks again for the info. – I’m sure I’ll have plenty more questions for you!

  8. I hear you on just sticking to the kitchen, Allison! Even if I’d had the camera, I’m not any where close to the photographer that Ryan is. We loved meeting you too, and hope to see you soon! I’m emailing you about the gender now!

  9. Kim, it was such a delight to meet you. I sounds like you had a wonderful time in Portland. Every time I saw you at the con I was struck by your beautiful glow. I hope we can catch up again in 2013! I’ll look forward to meeting your little one at that fest.


  10. Hi, veganlisa! It was great to meet you as well, and thanks so much for your kind words!

  11. So JEALOUS!! I’m so glad you had a great time. I definitely want to try to go next year…can’t wait to read more!

  12. oh my GOSH! I can’t believe you were there and we didn’t meet! I would have ben so stoked to have met you in person, after reading and oogling over your blog for so long now. Next time! Now I know what friendly face to look for in the crowd! :)

  13. I will have to go next time! Looks like it was a great time.


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