Vida Vegan Con Wrap Up


Welp, here we are. A week after Vida Vegan Con wrapped up, I’m still trying to wrap my head around what just happened.

I’ve been silent over here on my end because I’m still processing how much smaller and more intertwined and connected and inspiring the world just got. The conference itself was amazing, and to see what has been happening since—the community that has been building on the Facebook page, on blogs and at nation-wide impromptu meet ups—is overwhelming. I haven’t said anything because I don’t know what to say.

Michele  and Jess wrote beautiful, touching and perfect recaps here, here and here. Oh, and here. I basically want to plagiarize what they wrote because they each so eloquently put into words what I cannot.

At this point I would normally throw my hands in the air and exclaim “Photo Essay Time!” but I just looked through my pictures of the weekend and I took exactly 10 photos and it is all food.

So I will say this: Thank you. Thanks to those of you who agreed to speak, thanks to those who registered and attended, thanks to our sponsors, thank you to my friends and family who have heard me speak of nothing else for over a year, and thank you to Jess and Michele, who kept me motivated, supported and sane.

For in-depth recaps, here are a handful of the blog recaps I’ve loved catching up on:

Gena from Choosing Raw (3 parts)

JL Goes Vegan (8 parts!)

Kyle from Vegan Vagrant (1 action-packed post)

The Cosmopolitan Hour Podcast (2 parts)

Our Hen House Podcast (featuring the lovely Jess)


And you know that if I took pictures of nothing else last weekend, I took a picture of the taco bar and the Champagne Reception.

P1020681   P1020687 

P1020674   P1020671



(photo courtesy of Isa Chandra. From left: Janessa, Michele and Jess.)

Related posts:

About Janessa

I'm a travelin' vegan gal, event planner & writer who loves eating, drinking, hiking, biking, reading, writing, loving, scheming, learning, laughing, champagne-ing and gerunds.
  • jess

    I heart you and I even heart that this photo of me is making the rounds because I love you guys so much!

    • Janessa

      It’s just such a cute photo, even though you do look slightly and adorably drunk. <3

  • JL goes Vegan

    My dear. You, Jess and Michele built a community that will continue to grow. The four days in Portland were spectacular. What happens next is limitless. So grateful for you!

    • Janessa

      JL, I am grateful for YOU; you are simply amazing and inspiring.

  • Kristina @ spabettie

    I rarely use the word Epic, and I have said that more times since last weekend than I have in my whole life, I think.

    epic, indeed.

    thank YOU

    • Janessa

      Kristina, it’s so great that you live in Portland! We’ll have to do more fun vegan events in town. <3

  • MeShell

    Thank you so much for being a part of making that weekend happen. And honestly, you’re so damn friendly and positive that it really made my weekend extra special, cheerful faces at 8am are not always so easy to find! 😀

    • Janessa

      MeShell–thank you for your kind words! The smile that was on my face all weekend was from the excitement of getting to meet and spend time with people like you. So glad you could come out, and still super impressed you took the Greyhound all the way out here!

  • Gena

    I’ve said it already, but I will and could say it 1000 times: you three outdid yourselves tremendously. This conference will only grow and get better, and I am lucky to have been a part of the first occasion. Thanks, Janessa.

    • Janessa

      Gena ,thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you came and that I got to meet you–you are an inspiration.

  • The Spicy Vegan

    It’s not surprising at all you only took pictures of the taco bar and champagne, two of your favorite things in the world.
    You did such an amazing job, I am so proud of you, Jess and Michele. I am honored and humbled to have been a part of it.
    I love you! Forever!

  • Pingback: Thank You «()

  • Christa

    I can’t say it enough to just about everyone how fabulous this weekend was! I love the pic you have posted here too btw! It was so great being on a panel with you and I missed saying goodbye and thanks and giving you a big hug in person as I did with Jess and Michele, so I say it here and give you a huge virtual hug! :-) Thanks for everything!

    • Janessa

      Thanks Christa! I had a good time with you on the panel and am so glad I got to meet you. And I loved that your mom came out with you. :)

  • Melloney

    Appreciation for this infroamtion is over 9000—thank you!

  • mjhkcyenhe

    9faZEm flbrvtvoyqsb