Before the closing address at Vida Vegan Con, the winners of a few raffles were announced. Would you believe I won this vegan dessert package from the VegNews booth?! It contained two packages of Dandies, one of every type of GoMaxGo candy bar, a Ritter Sport bar, Parma! vegan parmesan, and a t-shirt. What are the chances!
Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romero gave the informal closing address of the conference.
After the closing address, I gathered outside the ballroom with my fellow raw foodie friends in attendance: Amber Z of Epic Self, Lisa of Vegan Culinary Crusade, Gena of Choosing Raw, Natalia KW, Jen of The Robertsons of Mumbai and De-hydrated, and Jeff of The Cool Vegetarian.
Jeff and Amber Z had been broadcasting live online from Vida Vegan Con all week. Jeff rounded us all up in honor of International Raw Food Day (again, what are the chances?!) to do a quick “My favorite raw food is…” video. Click here to watch it!
(I had also done a 1-on-1 video interview with Jeff earlier that afternoon, which I can’t bear to watch [I think I look/sound awful! I was so worn out that day], but you’re welcome to!)
That evening, Matt and I met up with a group of attendees at The Bye and Bye for dinner and one last hangout session.
Matt had the spaghetti (with veggie meatballs and garlic bread), and I indulged in the chili-Frito “pie.” Not my usual fare, but YUM.
We finished the night with one last Voodoo Doughnut, which Jen had so kindly picked up for us and left at the hotel front desk.
The next morning, after riding to the airport with Bianca and her boyfriend (thanks again, guys!), we flew to Denver, where we ran into some more “what are the chances?” luck. Southwest Airlines had overbooked our flight from Denver to Kansas City, so they were looking for volunteers to stay in Denver overnight and fly to KC the next day. Miraculously, Matt had no important meetings the next morning, so we took advantage of their offer. They paid us 800 friggin’ bucks (in travel vouchers), AND paid for our hotel, for us to hang out in Denver for the night. Awesome! We rounded out (somewhat literally) our pig-out weekend by having pizza delivered to the room.
It was such an amazing, amazing weekend at Vida Vegan Con. I couldn’t sum it up if I tried. Let us just say: I can’t wait until the next one in 2013. Will you be there?
One more thing VVC did was make me realize how sorely I lack fun, young, like-minded friends here at home in KC. I LOVED hanging out with the folks at VVC, eating and chatting and drinking and laughing. Most of my own friends couldn’t care less about my food or book or career, and I don’t think ANY of my friends read my blog (I stopped asking a long time ago). On top of that, it’s been months since I’ve properly hung out with my group of friends (which is largely my fault, due to being busy, but still). VVC made me wonder if I shouldn’t seek out local youngish vegans/almost-vegans/vegan-friendlies around my age in Kansas City to hang out with sometime and perhaps strike up friendships with. I know they’re out there! I’ve received emails or comments from a number of them over the years…but have met very few. We do have a vegan Meetup group here, but the one time I went, I didn’t feel very “included.” I’m a very quiet person, so making new friends isn’t always easy for me, but I’m thinking it’s time I reach out and try. A new group of like-minded friends may be just what the doctor ordered for me. So:
Calling all fun-loving Kansas City vegans/vegetarians! Wanna meet up sometime? Maybe grab a coffee and pastry at Mud Pie, and sit around and chat for awhile? Or perhaps go to a bar, chill out over a few drinks, and get to know each other? Feel free to contact me on here or on Facebook, and if I get a decent response, maybe we can all set up a time to meet and hang out!