This is a live blog of Vida Vegan Con day 1. I’ll be adding to this post throughout the day, so keep checking back! Please excuse the iPhone photos and any weird formatting issues or typos.
2:45 – I’m in Portland! Currently on my way to the hotel via public transportation.
I normally bring my own food for flights, but when I saw that Alaska Air has a vegan/gluten free picnic pack available on board for only $6, I decided to take a chance.
The Mediterranean Tapas pack included multigrain chips, hummus, apricots, almonds, olives and dark chocolate. I ate the chips, hummus, apricots and chocolate and will save the rest for later. The free snack mix appears to be vegan too, and they had free samples of beer! It was Widmer’s Oktoberfest. I have a personal policy never to turn down free beer.
5:45 checked into hotel and conference, peeked through swag bag (will post later), jogged along the waterfront, showered, Homegrown Smoker!
Macnocheeto, minted sweet tea.
Hello, gorgeous. Macnocheese, baked beans, smoked soy curls, peppers and onions, BBQ and nocheese sauces.
6:50 VegNews welcome reception
Cupcakes from Sweetpea.
Hazelnut cheese samples.
9:20 Happy hour until 10PM at a dive bar called Tube. $2 Hamm’s tall boys. Nothing but class.
10:45 Karaoke at Suki’s. Cool place. I sang some Britney Spears.
1:00AM chick-o-stick doughnut from Voodoo. Goodnight!