After the joyfulness that was the first full day of Vida Vegan Con, defined as it was by reunions with friends and the having of much fun, food, inspiration, and vegan s’mores (which deserve to be listed specifically), Saturday morning promised equal levels of delight from the get-go with the Portland Vegan Breakfast Showcase.
For those with a savoury breakfast bent, pizza and sliders abounded (the bites I had were quite good), whereas We Who Bow At The Altar Of Sweet found ourselves giddily mobbing tables laden with cinnamon cake donuts, lemon coconut donuts, marionberry coffeecake (all very, very good), raw dessert pie samples (all very, very good), white chocolate peanut butter berry and dark chocolate peanut butter banana smoothies (all very, very good), as well as So Delicious’ new almond milk Greek yoghurt, bagels, juices, and even a little savoury tempeh scone (interesting).
And coffee. Always, always delicious coffee.
Just like Friday, Saturday passed in a whirl of conversations with friends and presentations. I saw my wonderful Lisa and Hannah present about Cookbook & Product Reviews, watched competitive folks compete in the Vegan Battle Royale, and giggled as the still-totally-gorgeous-and-hilarious Cadry discussed Incorporating Your Other Creative Talents Into Your Blog.
(Youzall want to hear more of my poetry, right? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?)
Lunch was an awesome build-your-own-bowl buffet of quinoa, rice, Upton’s Naturals chorizo (loved this), marinated tempeh and baked tofu (really loved the tofu), raw walnut taco meat (squidgy!), beans, hummus, fake cheeses (not mah thang… why did they taste fruity?!), salsas, and hot sauces (burn baby burn).
But, best of all, So Delicious and Coconut Bliss were each constantly present with full ice cream bars and ice cream sandwiches, and you better believe I availed myself. A lot. Rather a lot. (Psst… the new salted caramel and chocolate Coconut Bliss is EPIC.)
Once the conference presentations had wrapped for the day, we had a few hours in which to relax/get ready for the Galarama, which featured a Silent Auction, a fascinating platter of vegan cheeses, various foodcarts, and a sundae bar with So Delicious ice cream, brownies, mini marshmallows, and all the fixin’s. #VVC2013 did vegan food goooood.
Ange and I took our own sweet time getting ready for the Galarama, though, and as a result found ourselves stuck in a long, long line outside, waiting to get in.
And then the people behind took pity on us and offered to take our photo together.
(P.S. On the off chance those kind folk ever read this – I kid. We were very grateful for your face-photo-taking abilities.)
Once inside, I grabbed a delicious beer the name of which I know not, and then, camera forgotten, enjoyed a wonderful night of laughter, photobooths and, eventually, dancing. (JL and I had to get that particular party started. The people, they were not dancing. So we made the dancing. And lo! it was good.)
The night may or may not have ended with red wine in a hotel room in the company of glorious people, laughing and eventually being shhhh-ed by security guards, but you know what they say: What happens in Portland, stays in Portland.