Dumpling Festival, Hong Kong
These little pillows of goodness (known as zongzi) aren’t the overcooked, bland versions you get in many stateside buffet houses. Linked with the annual dragon boat races that take place in May/June, these delicacies can be found at food trucks and street vendors. The sticky rice surrounds a salted egg yolk or other fillings like mung beans or grilled pork belly. One is a meal in itself. Two might land you on the ground with ice on your head.
Pahiyas Festival, Lucban, Philippines
There is no shortage of food to be had in this annual festival. Lumpia (tiny fried eggrolls with shatteringly thin wonton wrap skins), pancit habhab (flavorful noodles with soy sauce, vegetables and meat wrapped and served in a banana leaf) and longanisa, fried pork sausages flavored with garlic.
Pizzafest, Naples, Italy
Now hold on, cowboy. There are no “meat-lovers bonanza” or stuffed-crust pizza pies here. More than 500,000 foodies vie for more than 100,000 pizzas at this week-long foodfest. Varieties include more than 50 historic flavor combos that include Margherita, marinara and Napolitana. The entire event leads up to a “Best Pizza in the World” competition.