It’s one of those things…you hate to see it end, but there is also a huge feeling of relief. Sigh.
The VVP November 2012 is now a part of vegan history. Yet it will live forever (or perhaps not something quite so permanent) thanks to the (ahem) links you’ve all updated to point directly to the relevant blog posts. (You did that, right?) All one now has to do is visit Vegan Bloggers Unite! or the VVP webpage to revisit the Potluck over and over and over… We can all daydream about the wonderful appetizers, drinks, soups, salads, breads, main courses and desserts that we will be making. Just in time for the holidays
We had a few glitches and I’ll not whine about it, though part of me really, really wants to whine. Somer and Lidia did a tremendous job helping me herd a few cats for most of November 1. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
So…Thank you first and foremost to all of the wonderful bloggers – old friends and new – who make the Potluck what it is. Once again, I am awed by your enthusiasm and creativity. Big hugs to my cohorts, Jason, Somer and Lidia who spread the word and gave me much-needed love and support at the exact needed moments. Like when I published my post 12 hours early. Finally, gratitude to our sponsors who for some unknown reason, agreed to help by Tweeting, blogging and posting about an event that takes place in the ether by people they’ve never met and where no actual food is shared. I hope they will stick with us through many Potlucks to come. Everyone: give yourselves a big pat on the back.
What’s next? For starters, we are holding a contest to pick the favorite recipe from each category – and you all are the judges. All you have to do is email me your pick from each course – remember just one recipe per course. It’s going to be a really difficult decision because everyone did a great job at sharing truly good recipes. I’ll tally the results and the winner from each category will get a Virtual Vegan Potluck t-shirt (now in the design and production phase…). The winning recipes will be posted on the VVP website – with permission from the authors, of course. Rules of the contest are:
1) please vote only once – choosing one selection from each course;
2) if you participated in the Potluck, please do not vote for your own recipe;
3) VVP participants, blog readers and total strangers welcome to vote;
4) please do not vote for An Unrefined Vegan’s amazing recipe no matter how much you want to – I happen to know the person giving out the t-shirts. I will, however, cast my votes for your recipes;
5) voting closes at midnight (U.S. Mountain Time) on November 12; winner announced November 13.
Did I say VVP t-shirt?? You read that right. I’ve got my immense and talented staff of artists, designers and printers working overtime on a fabulous, cruelty-free and plant-based tee. I’ll be making those available on the website soonish.
But wait! There’s more! We’ve rolled out a blog on the VVP website – the first post is already up – which will include our sparkling and witty commentary about the mundane and trivial along with guest bloggers, giveaways and recipes. You’ll want to follow the blog, because soon we are going to be giving away a gift certificate from our sponsor, forAnima. They’ve generously donated $50 so one lucky person can shop their heart out for cruelty-free goodies. More on that and other giveaways in the weeks to come. P.S. Please welcome forAnima as well as Global Looking Glass – our newest sponsor – to the VVP team.
And finally…I’m already scheming about VVP III (a.k.a. Grandson of VVP) which will most likely take place in the Spring of 2013. Who’s coming?
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Wow, Annie, you are some gal! Very impressed by your lack of whingeing, I’m sure it would have been irresistible to me in your shoes. I have a few favourites already but I’ll try and check out what I’ve missed and see what I would include in my list.
Looking forward to your picks, Lorna!
Count me in for 2013, if you will have me back 😉
🙂 Excellent! Please follow the VVP blog to keep up w/ all of the latest!
Great ideas Annie! 🙂
Thanks, Tiffany! Gotta keep it interesting ;-)!
count me in for 2013 vvp also! 😀
Love it! Follow the VVP blog to keep up w/ all the cool stuff coming up – and so you don’t miss the sign-up for the next VVP!
How exciting! I’ll have a think and vote tonight 🙂 I’m so there for the next one! Aswell as meeting tonnes of cool new bloggers and finding loads of recipes to make I also got some great new followers and my most ever blog views in one day!!! Chuffed 🙂 x x x
That is awesome!! That is the goal of this thing – meet, greet, eat! Can’t wait to see your picks for the Potluck!
Unbelievable!! You are so inspiring. The fun just keeps going. Thank you so much! Picking favorites is going to be hard, esp. ’cause I can’t choose yours! Consider this a vote for you.
🙂 – that’s sweet, thank you!! So many impressive dishes from which to choose!
I meant the fun keeps coming!
I love how your VVP brainchild keeps evolving. Maybe one day the potluck won’t be virtual!
Oh now that’s a thought! We could have hold it once a year – a different city each year :-)!
Again, many thanks to you and your fine assistants, Jason, Lidia and Somer for all the organizing and work you did to make this happen. Little Sis and I are so happy to take part and would love to come back!
What a great idea! A contest! Oh…wait…that means I hafta go back and look at all of the entries again to make sure I choose the best one. Yay! lol
I know – I need to sit down, read through the posts and make my decisions! Tough!
I was just thinking today about how fun it would be to add a little friendly competition to the VVP. Great idea!
Great minds ;-)! I don’t know why I didn’t think of it for the last one!
You are truly amping up the VVP my friend and I’m loving it 🙂
Choc Chip Uru
I have started taking photos of what we are cooking and that idea of starting a vegan food blog is starting to nibble at my conciousness…a bit too early to apply for a place but methinks this little fire on my inner burner is not going to go out any day soon. You guys did an amazing job and I have found SO many fantastic vegan food blogs that my rss feed reader stalls when I get to “V” ;). It’s not just reading these amazing blogs, its feeling part of a global community that makes all the difference 🙂 I am not just one lonely vegan at the top of Tasmania, I am one of many 🙂
You have plenty of time before the next Potluck to get things “just so” for your blog debut – and when you are ready, we all will be waiting with utensils in hand!
Lol…now I will have to make sure that I make something FABULOUS darlink won’t I? 😉
I have no doubt – not a single, solitary one – that you WILL come up w/ something DIVINE!
oh now THERE is a challenge! 😉
Haha! pepto tablets and liquid! Girl, you outdid yourself! I did some policing on linkage, but could certainly go back through again to get people to stitch their posts together!
There are still a lot of broken links. I’m sending around an email tomorrow about the Potluck contest and I’ll include something about updating links…again…
I wonder how it is today. I might take a shuffle through…
I think I’ve memorized the recipes by now ;-)!
Oh my goodness, a tshirt!?!? I LOVE TSHIRTS! What a fun contest! You are awesome!
You’re a runner. Of course you love t-shirts :-)!!
Thank you so much for all of your hard work getting the potluck together and making it happen! I so enjoyed getting exposed to all the new-to-me vegan blogs and loved seeing what my favorite bloggers had to post as well. Now I need to go back through and figure out who to vote for…hard choices!!
I need to do the same thing! And it will be difficult to choose. Glad you enjoyed the Potluck!
Oooh,..This is such a lovely post! It was fun participating, of course & I loved every step in thei VVP! Yes!!! xxx I want to participate next year too, if I am allowed as non-vegan person! 🙂
You are truly an amazing person, Annie! Sending a big hug out to you for organizing all this chaos, and keeping the problems to yourself. Can’t wait for Grandson of VVP!
what a fun idea Annie! I’ll have to give this a ponder!
Annie – how wonderful it is to see the evolution of this fabulous idea – what a fun event it was, thank you so muchfor all of your (very) hard work 🙂
I love this contest….I’ll have to spend some more time going through the categories for sure! XX
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Done! I exercised my right to vote -on vvp!
Right on, Richgail!
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