So I’m finally visiting what may be the final vegan frontier for me – Portland, Oregon. I’ve been to some incredible vegan hotspots over the years – Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, New York. But I have a feeling I’m in for what may be the ultimate experience yet this coming week.
The reason I’m going alone is enough to call Portland the vegan-Mecca. I’ll be attending Vida Vegan Con, the one an only “vegan lifestyle blogger conference” in the United States (and probably the world?). It’s going to pretty much be awesome – hundreds of vegan bloggers from around the world will converge to share tips, tricks, ideas, and I’m sure a lot of love for the vegan lifestyle. Not to mention eat lots of amazing food provided by many of Portland’s top-notch vegan eateries and vegan food purveyors from across the country.
I couldn’t be more proud to represent Dallas at this gathering of inspiring vegan movers and shakers. Okay, so I guess I wasn’t officially voted-in as a representative by the Dallas Vegan police, but I like to think I have a bit of “cred” heading to the conference. I’m not sure if I’d call myself a hardcore “blogger” so to speak, but for almost five years now I’ve been eating, drinking, and writing about the vegan scene in Dallas and have always been extremely inspired by the progress. I’m excited to share what we have accomplished in this community in the last five years, as I know many will be interested to learn more.
But let’s get real – I have to mostly give thanks to all of *you* out there, reading up and participating in all of the things I’ve worked on over the years (with the help of many others). From Dallas Vegan Drinks, to the Texas State Veggie Fair, and all of the restaurant fun in between. There wouldn’t be a Dallas Vegan community if it wasn’t for all of the dedicated people here really striving to make a difference in the lives of animals.
So though I’ll be in vegan nirvana for a week, please trust that I’ll be thinking about Dallas…and learning new ways to help us keep the positive momentum going and make DFW the *next* vegan hotspot!
Sincerely (like, really really sincere),