Pass It On | Garam masala with Ishita and Arushi of Vela

For the second in our series of short films, we caught up with the pair behind Vela pop-up. 

Ishita and Arushi bring together the flavours of West Bengal and Gujarat in pop-up suppers and feasts across Bristol. Their Food Connections event for this year is sold out, but look out for more from Vela in the future.

When we asked Ishita and Arushi what they wanted to share with the good people of Bristol as part of Pass It On, they chose garam masala. The classic Indian spice blend 

So what is Pass It On? When it comes to food, everyone’s got something to share. From a much-loved family recipe to the seeds from last year’s harvest, from a cake shared with neighbours to a favourite cookbook, Bristol Food Connections wants you to Pass It On.

Let’s get the whole city passing it on throughout the festival, to show just how much of a kind and generous community we have here in Bristol! And it’s the perfect way to connect with neighbours and friends through food in a genuinely quick, useful and enjoyable way.


• Take a cake into work
• Invite a neighbour round for tea
• Spill a food secret or hack
• Start a cookbook club
• Share seeds from your garden
• Split a sourdough starter
• Start a friendship cake
• Donate homegrown veg
• Gift homemade jam or chutney
• Swap a recipe book
• Tell a story
• Organise a picnic (National Picnic Week starts on 21 June!)

Six Bristol food heroes have already shared on Bristol TV – look out for the short films both on Freeview channel 7, Sky 117 and Virgin Media 159, on and across social media. Share your own using the hashtag #passitonbristol to get involved!


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We’ve teamed up with the Bristol-based recipe sharing website and app to bring the city’s recipes to the fore. Use the hashtag #passitonbristol to be part of the Cookpad Bristol Food Connections community!

As well as Bristol Food Connections, 17-21st June is also Loneliness Awareness Week and we’ve teamed up with organisers, the Marmalade Trust (a charity reducing the stigma around loneliness across society and helping people to make new friendships) to highlight this important issue. Can you Pass It On while also tackling loneliness in Bristol? How about organising a picnic, a street party or simply take time to share a cuppa and cake with a neighbour.

Pass It On is such an easy, cheap and fun way to get connecting with family, friends, neighbours, classmates, communities and colleagues.
And it’s the perfect way to embody Bristol Food Connections’ mission – bringing good food and people together.

What will you share?


1. Use the hashtag – #passitonbristol – on social media and we’ll collate everything you share (videos, pictures, words, sound) on Bristol Food Connections’ channels – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

2. Cookpad – upload your recipes to Cookpad to help create Bristol’s biggest recipe swap

3. Email your videos, pictures, words, sounds and recipes to info@ or leave a comment on this blog post

4. Pop into the Colston Hall Festival Hub and share your stories with our team at the information point

A big thank you to Bristol TV – our media partner and Pass It On sponsor

Bristol TV is part of the largest local TV network in the UK, Local TV broadcasts to viewers in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Tyne & Wear, Teesside and North Wales. They deliver local content capturing the important stories, events and issues that matter to audiences. Engaging the hearts and minds of the people and businesses that make our cities great, Bristol TV prides themselves on showcasing the best our towns and cities have to offer.

Bringing people and good food together