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A wine and beer festival might sound indulgent, but the ones hosted by Paella for the World have a much greater purpose than serving alcohol. As a nonprofit, the foundation organizes events in the US to share Spanish culinary traditions—events which it uses to channel money into scholarships for culinary students and funds for veterans. Beyond the cultural significance of Iberian cuisine, the group also works to raise awareness of the virtues of a Mediterranean diet, which has been linked to a reduced risk in heart disease, cancer, and degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. So, in holding its libation-filled festivals, Paella for the World extolls not just Spanish cuisine and wine, but also the virtues of caring for and giving back to the community.