Salad Days

On the second Saturday of July each year, hundreds of visitors come to the Watershed campus for a memorable picnic—and carry home handcrafted ceramic plates as souvenirs of this special day. The plates are created by a dedicated artist-in-residence who spends the summer at Watershed making more than 500 plates for the Salad Days festival.

After choosing a favorite plate, guests load it up with a delicious array of locally sourced salads, breads and desserts—all prepared by area restaurants and Watershed’s chefs. In addition to the picnic lunch, Salad Days features live music, artist demos, a ceramics exhibition, and a pottery sale of handmade ceramics made by Watershed artists from around the country.

Watershed is currently accepting applications from ceramists interested in being the next Salad Days Artist. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. Learn more & apply.


Tickets are $40 and include lunch and a handmade plate. Children five and under may attend for free, but do not receive a plate.  Purchase your tickets at the Salad Days registration tent at the event. 

Business Partners & Sponsors


Many area farms, restaurants and other businesses contribute to the success of this annual celebration—which provides important funds to keep Watershed offering its ceramic art programs. For more information about helping to sponsor this signature event, please contact us at (207) 882-6075 or


2018 Salad Days Sponsors