Wrapping up a long first day at Vida Vegan Con

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Wrapping up a long day early, after 3 very short nights. Funny that I’m at a blogging conference, but I’m so exhausted that this is going to be a short post.

We left around 8:30 this morning for Vida Vegan Con. We arrived late, but were able to join the Bob’s Red Mill factory tour in progress, and were also given an extra mini tour to catch us up. The people there were so friendly. Then we headed over to the Bob’s Red Mill store, where we had a decent (if not spectacular) vegan brunch, caught part of the Spar for the Spurdle contest, including seeing the winner declared, and leisurely wandered the store, which has every variety and size of every product that Bob’s makes, as far as I can tell. I bought a small bag of Teff seeds (“the smallest grain in the world”) just to try something new. If I lived in Portland, I’d definitely be a frequent customer just to buy the 25 lb bags of whole wheat flour, which are much more affordable than even buying from the bulk bin. Before heading on to Portland, we took a quick dash across the street to visit Dave’s Killer Bread. There’s not much going on there but a tiny store selling Dave’s and another brand of bread, plus a few t-shirts (cool t-shirts, though).

After that it’s been a whirlwind of checking in (to both the hotel and the conference), unpacking and settling in, exploring the contents of our schwag bags, and meeting a zillion new friendly people while eating fantastic vegan food.

Tomorrow, the workshop part of the conference begins, very sensibly, with a 9:15 keynote and the first session at 10:00. My kind of conference.

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