Whoopi Goldberg Subs for Rachael Ray at This Year’s Burger Bash

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The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival returns this year from September 29 through October 2, and tickets for this years fte go on sale on Monday, June 20. The big news: This year Whoopi Goldberg will host the Burger Bash in lieu of Rachael Ray, who were told will be out of the country for over a year for personal reasons (Update: Rays personal rep says shell be in Italy celebrating her wedding anniversary). Oh well. Events like Meatball Madness (hosted by Giada this year), Chelsea Market After Dark (hosted by Emeril), and Morimotos sushi karaoke will return, and a new event called "Fried" will showcase some of the fried chicken John Besh taste-tested for us (Hill Country Chicken, Peels, Pies-N-Thighs), plus more from Blue Ribbon, Red Rooster, Seersucker, and Michelle Bernsteins Miami joint. Michys. Jacques Pepin will be honored in the festivals first tribute dinner; Adam Richman will lead a tour of Brooklyn; Ferran Adri will be the big-deal Times Talk; and theres way, way more. Check out the full lineup of events to see what else is up.