This story is a tough assignment indeed: Tell you about the new Columbus Food Adventures tour of German Village without giving away all the fun details that will propel you through its four hours.

This story is a tough assignment indeed: Tell you about the new Columbus Food Adventures tour of German Village without giving away all the fun details that will propel you through its four hours.

We'll stick to the basics and let you discover the nitty-gritty on the tour, which you should take if you a) don't know much about German Village or b) think you know a lot about German Village but actually do not.

Host and Columbus foodie extraordinaire Bethia Woolf starts the tour in Schiller Park. By the time you and the group have traipsed north across the park, you'll already have stored away a number of cocktail party-worthy tidbits about German Village and Columbus history. Also, you'll be building an appetite.

The tour stops at six venerable German Village restaurants: Schmidt's Sausage Haus und Restaurant, Lindey's, Katzinger's Delicatessen, Pistacia Vera, G. Michael's Bistro and Barcelona. You'll be satisfied but not stuffed by the end; the portions at each place can be scarfed down in three or four bites.

Not that you'll be rushed; Woolf is a practiced guide, and her sense of pace and timing is excellent. Only when you reach Schiller Park for a second time, on the back end of the tour, do you realize how far you've walked, how much you've seen and how many new factoids are swimming in your brain.

My fellow food adventurers and I started as strangers, but we bid vaguely wistful goodbyes at the end of the journey. It's not often we can feel communion with strangers these days. But when it happens, food is so often the vehicle. That might be this tour's greatest reward (though bellying up to the bar at G. Michael's for an off-the-menu treat is a close second).

Before you go: Buy your tickets online in advance. The tour goes off, rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes. Wear sunscreen - you will spend a lot of time in direct sunlight. And bring a camera; you'll find so many surprises along the way you'll want to document, not the least of which is the food.