May – November 2014
The 40th annual conference is set for July 2 – 6 at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown, on the picturesque campus of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA. The campus is a 650-acre mountaintop wildlife preserve with 40 acres of hiking trails.
Registrants are offered two package options:
- FULL PACKAGE: July 2 – 6 (five days, four nights). The program begins Wednesday afternoon (July 2).
- WEEKEND PACKAGE: July 4- 6 (three days, two nights). The program begins Friday evening
The education program for all packages concludes Sunday afternoon.
The conference features experts in the fields of health, nutrition, animal rights, the environment, exercise and related lifestyle areas, plus talented chefs.
Tonight we’ll explore two distinct styles of cupcake: the kind with frosting on top and cake through and through, and the frosted cream-filled variety. All vegan, all irresistible. Come bake and decorate them and take a box with you to nibble on at home. Chocolate Pudding-Filled & Frosted Chocolate Chip Cupcakes • “Buttermilk” Cupcakes with Natural Pink Icing • Chocolate Cupcakes with Piped Chocolate Cream • Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Water Glaze • Carrot-Coconut Cupcakes with Double Coconut Cream & Candied Coconut • Mostess Cream-Filled Cupcakes. (Vegan)
See.. Eat.. Hear.. FEEL VEGAN. Two days of vegan exploration await you. Nourish your taste buds on scrumptious plant-based food from New York’s famed vegan restaurants – the best in the world! Get inspired by world-renowned speakers, champion athletes, and top chefs. Provoke new thoughts with award-winning films and their directors. Discover the vast market of cruelty-free products and services. And much more.
The Seed invites the vegan-curious, vegan-skeptical, and vegan choir to explore what we have to offer today. You’ll gain understanding of the endless benefits of a compassionate, healthful, and earth-conscious existence of the vegan & plant-based lifestyle.
I’ll be making Irresistible Vegan Chocolate Desserts For Everyone in the Demo Room at 2:00pm on Sunday, the 10th.
1 lecture/demonstration; 4 all-day hands-on classes
- Classes are limited to 14. REGISTER EARLY!
- A certificate of completion will be issued to those students attending the full 5 days.
- Fran’s book is included in the fee.
If you’re on a mission to make world-class vegan desserts, sign on for some “basic training” in the field. Learn the tactics involved in baking without dairy, eggs, and refined sugar, or odd ingredients. The entire operation was developed by Fran Costigan, vegan pastry chef-instructor and author of Great Good Desserts Naturally, More Great Good Desserts Naturally, and the new Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts, the books considered the “bibles” of vegan pastry arts. You’ll gain the confidence to adapt many standard recipes to delicious vegan versions, as you learn about foundational pastry technique and ingredients specific to vegan baking. Quality organic, seasonal ingredients will be emphasized, including whole grain flours, organic fair-traded sweeteners (both liquid and granulated), vegan gelatin (agar-agar), root starches, non-dairy milks, sulfite-free dried fruits, chocolate, cocoa, pure extracts, leavening agents and much more. Novice and experienced bakers and everyone in between will benefit from the expert training offered in this unique intensive. Plating of desserts will be practiced daily and a dessert buffet party will be our finale.
I’m very happy to a doing a cooking demo and book signings Saturday and Sunday, Sept, 27 and 28th in Portland at Oregon’s largest plant-based food event!
- Free samples of hundreds of different foods!
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Ask the Experts
- Family and Teen Activities
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Film Screenings
This Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them!
Whether you are a longtime vegetarian or vegan, or someone simply wanting to add more delicious plant-based foods to your meal repertoire, or if you are just curious what it’s all about, you are welcome here! We offer you free admission, free food sampling, free speaker presentations, free parking and a T stop across the street.
You also can learn of ways to help animals and protect the environment, and enhance your health and well being. There are activities for kids, too!
I’ll be doing a baking demo on Sunday. The time is TBD.
Everyone loves chocolate—and being vegan doesn’t mean you have to go without it! What better expert to teach you the ins and outs of sweet, vegan chocolate-y goodness than Fran Costigan, author of “Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts”? You’ll also learn how to make gluten-free variations for some of the recipes. Your decadent menu includes: Intensely Chocolate Trifle; Sacher Torte; Blackout Cake; and Eclairs.