Okay vegans, listen up: In case you weren't aware Portland is going to be home to the first-ever conference dedicated specifically to vegan bloggers, the Vida Vegan Con. On August 26-28 it will take over the University Place Hotel & Conference Center on the PSU campus (how is it I never knew PSU had its own hotel?). If you question the demand for this kind of thing, know that tickets sold out long ago thanks to an impressive roster of speakers addressing issues surrounding both the lifestyle aspects of veganism (dating, travel, being vegan in a small town) as well as becoming a better blogger (podcasts, video cooking demos). However! If you missed the boat and want to go, there's still a shred of hope: They're running a series of ticket giveaway contests: recipe contests, self portraiture made of food contests—you get the idea. Good luck leaf eaters!