Fare Well

IT WITH WITH PROFOUND sadness and regret that I write this final letter in the final issue of EAT magazine. The decision to cease publication is one I have struggled with fiercely over the past months.

With ever-increasing costs and decreasing revenue, I can no longer afford to subsidize the production of EAT magazine. The magazine exists through the support of advertisers—the ad revenue. Diminished support places me in the unenviable position of having to close down EAT.

To our advertisers: My heartfelt thanks. Some have been with EAT since the first issue, and others have been a mainstay for well over a decade. A special acknowledgement goes to the advertisers who have consistently and unwaveringly supported EAT over the many, many years: you know who you are, and I thank each and every one of you. To all those advertisers who have remained loyal to EAT over the past few difficult years in the industry—you have my undying respect and appreciation.

To the people who make EAT what it is: from the writers to the sales team, the photographers to the distribution team, the design team to the copy editor and our printing team—you are the cream of the crop and I have been privileged to work with you. Again, many of you have been with EAT since the beginning or close to it. Your loyalty to Gary, and for the past five years to me, puts me at a loss for words (and anyone who knows me knows that doesn’t happen often). I have learned from you, been inspired by you, and respect you all more than I can say. Rebecca B., Susan W., Elizabeth M., Adrian, Jennifer, Julie, Denise, Deb, Adrien, Larry, Elizabeth N., Carolyn, Ron, Susan S., Rhonda, Rebecca W., Jill, Cinda, Daniel, Gillie, Isabelle, Jacqueline, Shelora, Johann, Mara, Lillie Louise, Michael, Mark, John, Yanicke, and the team at Transcontinental—I will miss you and our interactions, and wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I’ve been beyond lucky to know you.

To our readers: I wish I could continue to bring you the best of what our Island and Victoria has to offer. Your loyalty and your kind words of praise for EAT over the past 25 years have been a source of inspiration. I thank you for reading, enjoying, and supporting EAT and its advertisers over the years.

My late husband, Gary Hynes, the founder of EAT, loved this magazine and everyone connected to it. When I took over after his sudden passing, I didn’t know the industry or how to publish a magazine. It has been a wild ride and an intensive learning experience. Through it all, I found that I, too, loved producing EAT: the stories, the recipes, and the design and layout.

I hope I did Gary and all of you proud with the issues I put out these past five years and for guiding EAT through to its 25th anniversary.

Bon appetit, my friends.

Cynthia Annett-Hynes


“Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened.”
—Dr. Seuss

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