Polo is a sport that might seem foreign to many islanders, but it is extremely real and increasing in popularity. Every Sunday this summer, many got together at the Mokuleia Polo Field for exciting polo games. Many spectators enjoyed a dip in the ocean, tailgating, and live music in addition to the games.
Sunday, August 15, 2010 was the Grand Finale event of the Mokuleia polo season which came to a close with over 1,500 in attendance. But, the fun is not over yet! There will be an exciting event this Sunday, August 22, 2010 at the Waimanalo Polo Field, across from Bellows Beach. This new and spectacular event is called PoloFest 2010.
PoloFest 2010 logo
This first annual PoloFest and internationally recognized wahine challenge is underway due to the hard work and dedication of Glenn Mercante of Event Attainment and Mrs. Alice Bratton, Hawaii’s oldest wahine polo player and founder of Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii, which is a not-for-proit organization that benefits children with autism and other special needs. Mr. Mercante shares that there is a food vendor that prepares food, but “the real fun is in your own tailgating style.” It is quite popular for people to barbecue, with beer the favorite beverage of choice. Wine takes second, with jello shots increasing in popularity.
Mr. Mercante also mentions that “each week at polo, this guy takes fat ribs, salt and peppers each side and puts it in the oven at 140 degrees for 2-3 hours or until golden brown and the fat is all gone. People can’t stop eating these things. They’re damn good!”
An event quite similar in style was the 20th annual LeoFest, which was held a few weeks ago at the Mokuleia Polo Field. The LeoFest is an event designed specifically for those that fall under the horoscope of Leo. These individuals were born between July 23 and August 22. However, the event is not limited to just Leos, but their families and friends as well! This year’s LeoFest brought together over 1,000 splendid people!
Mr. Mercante is a big fan of food and at these terrific tailgating events he sees a lot of it! He shares his favorite dish; something his mother concocted that even Italian Chef Donato is impressed with! This dish is called eggplant balls.
6 purple plump eggplants, peeled and diced
4 slices stale bread, crust removed and diced
1 1/2 – 2 cups shredded piccorino romano or locatelli cheese (spicy is key)
1 sprig parsley, diced
1 sprig cilantro, diced
Pepper to taste
Flour for coating
Vegetable oil for frying
Steam diced eggplant for 20-25 minutes, or until tender. Allow to sit to cool.
In a large bowl, combine the stale bread, eggs, cheese, parsley, and cilantro. Squeeze as much water out of the eggplant as possible and add to the mixture. Add pepper and mix with clean, sanitized hands.
Form into small to medium sized balls and drop into flour. Roll in flour until fully coated.
Drop into a pot of hot vegetable oil. Remove when golden brown.
On a flat surface, layer a flattened brown paper bag or several layers of newspaper with a paper towel on top. Lightly salt the surface. As the eggplant balls are done, take them out and roll them around on the salt. Place aside and allow to cool.
Best served warm.
Please note: Allow sliced bread to go stale a day or two.
For more information: Please call Glenn Mercante at 808-944-1058 or visit http://www.hawaiieventreport.com/polo-fest-2010.htm.