There's no food in this post. I had leftover meatloaf for dinner and leftover penne pasta with grilled veggies from the Spaghetti Warehouse for lunch. But more importantly, when I eagerly turned the page to August on my 2011 Go Vegan Wall Calendar this morning, reality kicked in. Vida Vegan Con, the first-ever vegan food blogging convention, is only 25 days away (24 if you're reading this post on Tuesday).
I'm so honored that organizers Jess Scone, Michele, and Janessa asked me to speak on three panels — Build-a-Blog, Product Reviews & Ethics, and Small Town, Represent! I was just added to that one today. Memphis may not be a small town in size, but if you're a vegan in this city, it feels very much like a small town. Plus, I grew up in a small Arkansas town of 50,000, and being veg there wasn't always easy.
Besides the workshops, there's a ton of awesomeness happening every day of the conference: a screening of the new documentary Vegucated, an Upton's Naturals seitan sandwich pop-up shop, and a Galarama and silent auction benefit for Woodstock Animal Sanctuary.
Most importantly, I'll get a chance to meet so many of my long-time blogger friends!
So who else is going to Vida Vegan Con? I want to meet you all!!